US navy of­fi­cer fired over Iran’s de­ten­tion of 10 sailors

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MANAMA—The US Navy has fired the com­man­der of the 10 Amer­i­can sailors who wan­dered into Ira­nian ter­ri­to­rial wa­ter­sand were cap­tured and held by Iran for about 15 hours.

In a state­ment, the Navy said it had lost con­fi­dence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the squadron that in­cluded the 10 sailors at the time of the Jan­uary in­ci­dent. He was re­spon­si­ble for the train­ing and readi­ness of the more than 400 sailors in the unit.

A Navy of­fi­cial said Rasch failed to pro­vide ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship, lead­ing to a lack of over­sight, com­pla­cency and fail­ure to main­tain stan­dards in the unit. The of­fi­cial was not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the de­tails pub­licly so spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Rasch has been re­lieved of his com­mand du­ties and re­as­signed, the Navy said. Al­though this is the first fir­ing by the Navy re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent, sev­eral other sailors re­ceived ad­min­is­tra­tive rep­ri­mands.—Agen­cies

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