The cadet known as Midshipman X has taken Maersk Line Ltd to court.

Hope Hicks filed a complaint in New York state court in Nassau County on Tuesday against the US-flag unit of container shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk.

The lawsuit marks the first public acknowledgement of the identity of the soon-to-be US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) graduate, who used the pseudonym Midshipman X to publish an anonymous account of her rape aboard the 6,000-ceu Alliance Fairfax (built 2005).