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Commander of the Sailors Iran Captured Is Fired

Officials say they've lost confidence in Commander Eric Rasch
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2016 2:16 AM CDT
Navy Fires Iran Capture Commander
This picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency shows US sailors detained by Iranian Revolutionary Guards.   (Sepahnews via AP)

The commanding officer responsible for 10 sailors captured by Iran is no longer commanding anybody. The Navy says Cmdr. Eric Rasch of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 has been fired because of a "loss of confidence" in his ability to command after the embarrassing international incident in January, the Navy Times reports. Sources tell Reuters that other sailors involved in the incident have also been disciplined.

The sailors were held overnight and interrogated after their two vessels ended up in Iranian waters around Farsi Island when they were supposed to be going from Bahrain to Kuwait. Officials blamed a navigational blunder, along with some serious errors in judgment, possibly including a decision to take an unauthorized shortcut. The Navy has yet to release its official report on the incident. (More Navy stories.)

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