Navy: Poor leadership, training led to capture of 10 sailors by Iran

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Riverine Command Boats 802 and 805 participate in a bilateral exercise with Kuwait naval forces in the Persian Gulf, on Nov. 3, 2015. (Torrey W. Lee/U.S. Navy)
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Riverine Command Boats 802 and 805 participate in a bilateral exercise with Kuwait naval forces in the Persian Gulf, on Nov. 3, 2015. (Torrey W. Lee/U.S. Navy)

Navy: Poor leadership, training led to capture of 10 sailors by Iran

by: Tara Copp | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 01, 2016

WASHINGTON — The engine on one of the two Navy patrol craft was broken before it ever left port. The crews had failed their most recent navigation exams. The radios weren’t working. None of the 10 sailors on either vessel had ever participated in a mission this long.

They were sent anyway.  And when the chips were down the crews displayed a lack of "war-fighting toughness," according to an in-depth Navy investigation of the incident released Thursday.

Those failures were only some of the many problems revealed by the Navy’s investigation into the capture of two riverine command boats by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in January. The boats were supposed to sail from Kuwait to Bahrain, but they ended up just 1.5 miles off Iran’s Farsi Island instead. The nine U.S. male and one female sailors aboard were detained overnight and interrogated by their Iranian captors.

The fallout from the incident has already resulted in the removal of the commodore and executive officer responsible for the vessels, Capt. Kyle Moses and Cmdr. Eric Rasch.

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