Navy SEALS Seize Libyan Oil Tanker

    REMOTE TRAINING FACILITY - MAY 25:  Navy SEALs practice Over The Beach evolutions during a training exercise May 25, 2004 in a Remote Training Facility. SEALs are known for their ability to meet the mission objective in a clandestine way. Navy SEALs are maritime special operations forces that strike from the sea, air and land. They operate in small numbers, infiltrating their objective areas by fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, Navy surface ships, combatant craft and submarines. SEALs have the ability to conduct a variety of high-risk missions, utilizing unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, diversionary attacks and precision strikes.  (Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eric S. Logsdon/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

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    The Pentagon announced that on Sunday night, Navy SEALS boarded the Morning Glory, a “stateless” ship with an illegal load of oil reportedly owned by the Libyan government. Libyan officials said it was carrying around 234,000 barrels of crude oil, and originally flew the North Korea flag, although the registry is thought to have been revoked. The fracas over the oil, which was allegedly stolen by three armed Libyans, led to a political row that cost the Libyan prime minister his job. The boarding took place in the Mediterranean Sea and was reminiscent of the 2009 operation to rescue the Maersk Alabama, which is the basis for the movie Captain Phillips.

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