UK ‘SBS’ special army charge tanker and catch stowaways in Channel

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SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – British special army stormed a Greek-operated oil tanker in a English channel on Sunday to combat control of a vessel from 7 stowaways who had threatened a organisation in a suspected hijacking.

Troops from a Special Boat Service, a navy special army section whose domicile in only a few miles divided from where a vessel began display signs of distress, boarded a Nave Andromeda nearby a Isle of Wight off southern England.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel certified a armed army to house a boat “to guarantee life and secure a boat that was theme to suspected hijacking”, a counterclaim method said.

“Armed army have gained control of a boat and 7 people have been detained,” a method said. “Initial reports endorse a organisation are protected and well.”

The counterclaim method declined to endorse or repudiate a impasse of a SBS – in line with British supervision process of not commenting on special army operations.

But a source with believe of a matter pronounced a SBS were involved. SBS operations are customarily classified. Former Royal Navy crusade officer Chris Parry pronounced a SBS had been involved.

The navy’s Special Boat Service, deliberate a sister section to a Special Air Service Regiment (SAS), is one of Britain’s many sly special army units.

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An chosen nautical counter-terrorism unit, a SBS traces a story behind to World War Two and has been concerned in many of a conflicts of a past 70 years including Afghanistan and Iraq.

The SBS’s closest homogeneous in a United States is a SEAL Team Six, or Task Force Blue.

It was not immediately transparent where a stowaways were from or what their intentions were.

Thousands of bootleg mercantile migrants and would-be haven seekers have sought to cranky a English Channel from France to strech British shores this year, mostly profitable people traffickers to assistance them span one of a world’s busiest shipping lanes in overloaded rubber dinghies.

Police pronounced a organisation had been theme to threats from a stowaways and that they were operative with coastguard and limit army to solve a situation.

“They had done written threats towards a crew. No one has been reported injured,” a military orator said.

Refinitiv vessel tracking information showed a Liberia-flagged Nave Andromeda had been approaching to arrive in a English pier of Southampton during 1030 GMT on Sunday. The vessel had left from Lagos, Nigeria, a information showed.

The Nave Andromeda’s purebred owners is Folegandros Shipping Corp, and a vessel is managed by Greek shipping association Navios Tankers Management Inc., according to Refinitiv.

In Dec 2018, British army stormed an Italian load boat and regained control after stowaways threatened organisation as it sailed tighten to a southeast coast.

Reporting by Henry Nicholls; Writing by William James and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Catherine Evans, Raissa Kasolowsky, Frances Kerry and Nick Macfie

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