Navy Seals board rogue Libya oil tanker Morning Glory

Edratman

Forum Staff
Feb 2009
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Eastern PA
Strange story. I read both links and prefer the BBC's use of "rogue" over the CNN term "hijacked".

The details are a bit confusing, but it seems that the tanker was being operated under some form of quasi-legal ownership and they were transporting oil from a refinery operating under a group that did not have title to either the refinery or the oil.

Strange story.
 

Gudenrath

Ad Honorem
May 2012
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Denmark
Uhm, it seems in this case the Navy Seals did what any Somali pirate boat was capable of, boarding a slow civil vessel. If this was such a big deal why didn't navy vessels intercept it and use lawful force to stop it?

A very strange story indeed.
 
Jan 2014
296
Tasmania, Australia
Uhm, it seems in this case the Navy Seals did what any Somali pirate boat was capable of, boarding a slow civil vessel. If this was such a big deal why didn't navy vessels intercept it and use lawful force to stop it?

A very strange story indeed.
Have you any idea what damage a tanker could do if the crew decided to jettison the oil?

A covert operation was called for, and apparently it was very successful.

ONYA SEALS!
 
Feb 2014
379
Texas
Uhm, it seems in this case the Navy Seals did what any Somali pirate boat was capable of, boarding a slow civil vessel. If this was such a big deal why didn't navy vessels intercept it and use lawful force to stop it?

A very strange story indeed.
I agree with you and Edratman it's strange. But according to the BBC article it was because:


''The Morning Glory is carrying a cargo of oil owned by the Libyan government National Oil Company. The ship and its cargo were illicitly obtained," he said, adding that it would now be returned to a Libyan port.''

And as for the intercept: ''The Morning Glory's evasion of a naval blockade at the eastern port of Sidra prompted Libya's parliament to sack Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last week.''

iow. the government (and that's pretty much still a loose term when it comes to Libya) did not want the rebels to sell oil.

Toyo is correct, imo, it might have been a catastrophe. And probably called for a special operations or met the parameters of one.

thanks.
 

Edratman

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Feb 2009
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Eastern PA
The use of the Seals to take control of the tanker does seem a very good choice and the results prove that out.

That does not reduce the strange nature of the event.

There are only a few stories in the mainstream media about Libya these days, but none of them are extolling the benefits and improvements being reaped by the average citizen since the revolution that ousted Gaddafi. That observation holds true for every nation that participated in the unrest dubbed Arab Spring.