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Published on March 17th, 2014 | by Chris Hagerman


Navy SEALs Seize Hijacked Ship

Sunday night, a team of Navy SEALs assaulted and took control of a hijacked oil tanker at a Libyan port.  The three armed hijackers seized the vessel in an attempt to sell the millions of dollars of crude oil on board through the black market.    The hijackers were taken into custody and will be turned over to the Libyan government.

According to The Washington Post, a statement issued from the Pentagon stated that SEALs used the USS Roosevelt as a staging platform for the mission, and described the tanker as a “stateless ship” when the SEALs boarded it.

The statement also said that prior to the SEALs’ boarding it, the master of the ship had reported that the vessel had been “boarded by force” and that the “crew was in danger.”

“We don’t want to live in a world where armed individuals or groups are able to seize vessels, threaten people’s lives and sell stolen cargo for their own financial gain,” the statement said. “This was a stateless vessel on the high seas that was not flying under a flag recognized by any nation.”

Read the entire story courtesy of The Washington Post. 

About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.


Whats funny is that we have all these shipping companies and we don't teach the men and women aboard these ships how to defend themselves in case of this situation.  Poor judgement of our Govt. if you ask me.  Someone should enforce regulated self defense courses for these companies in case of this situation.


Sounds like Capt Phillips movie.


Wait- Libya has a government?

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