An oil tanker has docked in Southampton hours after unique forces raided the vessel and saved the crew from a presumed hijacking.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted that according to “initial reports” the crew were safe and well.
About 16 Special Boat Service (SBS) task forces boarded the Nave Andromeda off the Island of Wight on Sunday evening and restored control.
2 Royal Navy Merlin helicopters were involved, in addition to two Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters.
A Royal Navy frigate, thought to be HMS Richmond, was on standby. The security event lasted about 10 hours.
” All team on board have been represented,” stated Sky News house affairs correspondent Mark White.
The operation was launched after Hampshire Police received reports that a “number of stowaways” were on board and had made “verbal dangers towards the crew”.
Authorisation was given by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and House Secretary Priti Patel in action to the “believed pirating”, the MoD stated.
Sky News defence reporter Alistair Bunkall stated the “book” operation was “pretty swift” and what is