TODAY   |  March 17, 2014

Navy SEALS seize oil tanker

U.S. Navy SEALS have taken control of a commercial tanker that had been seized by armed Libyans earlier this month. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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>> news out of the pentagon this morning.

>>> that's right and high drama on the high seas . navy s.e.a.l.s taking control of a commercial tanker that had been seized earlier this month. jim, good morning.

>> good morning, natalie. this entire operation just jumps off the big screen . it happened late last night in the eastern mediterranean off cypress when that team of navy s.e.a.l.s slipped aboard an oil tanker . u.s. officials say that nobody was hurt and it's not clear that any shots were even fired. now, the three hijackers themselves are members of a powerful libyan publimilitia. and they actually seized the port in libya. evidence once more that the libyan government is still pretty much powerless more than two years after the overthrow of moammar gadhafi .