Cairo: Rogue tanker Morning Glory, which reportedly broke through a Libyan naval blockade from the rebel-held port of As-Sidra, has been boarded by a US Navy SEAL team in international waters off Cyprus.
In a statement pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that forces boarded and took control of the vessel at the request of both the Libyan and Cypriot governments.
According to the statement: "The boarding operation, approved by President Obama and conducted just after 10 p.m. EDT on March 16 in international waters southeast of Cyprus, was executed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs attached to Special Operations Command Europe.
"The Morning Glory will be underway soon to a port in Libya with a team of sailors from the USS Stout (DDG-55) embarked. The sailors will be supervising the transit.”
The vessel was flagged by North Korea until just after the incident occurred and is currently stateless. [17/03/14]