Pentagon: 2 Navy boats in Iranian custody; Iran assures crew will be returned promptly

Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small boats that drifted into Iranian waters with mechanical problems. Iran accused the sailors of trespassing but American officials said Tehran has assured them that the crew and vessels would be returned safely and promptly.The sailors were expected to be transferred to U.S. custody Wednesday morning local time.Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told The Associated Press that the riverine boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them.

Source: Pentagon: 2 Navy boats in Iranian custody; Iran assures crew will be returned promptly

Let’s hope the Iranians stick to that assurance. Though, I think they will. Too much being obnoxious on this, and even Obama would receive pressure to reinstate sanctions. And Iran desperately wants those billions and billions of assets frozen since 1979.

From what I’ve heard, the IRGC tends to be the pugnacious force, while the regular Iranian navy is somewhat more professional in interactions with other fleets.

5 thoughts on “Pentagon: 2 Navy boats in Iranian custody; Iran assures crew will be returned promptly”

  1. Pics over at Sal’s place. Looks like they made the captured broad cover up. Religion of Peace – don’t cha know.

  2. What were riverine(?) craft doing so close to Iranian waters? Not wishing to apologize for our behavior, but it seems clear to me that we were in fact conducting some kind of espionage operation and got caught. To which, our response should be, “tough, give us our sailors and ships back, ASAP”, but I don’t see anyone commenting on that.

  3. Can anyone verify this:

    They are called Riverine Command Boats by the Navy, which has used them for operations in shallow waters for nearly a decade. They are actually Swedish in origin and, while they are very fast, able to achieve 40 knots, and are well armed for their size, they function poorly in the Persian Gulf. Designed for the chilly Baltic Sea, the RCB frequently overheats in the hot climate and its high-performance engines shut down with alarming frequency. Not for nothing do pairs of RCBs go out on missions in the Persian Gulf with tow lines – to bring the other boat back home if, perhaps when, it breaks down.

    from here:

  4. Sounds like the MCMs also rusting away in the Gulf. Seems the small boats get the leftovers when it comes to officers, maintenance, parts, and even planning now.

    I had a nephew aboard an MCM in the Gulf and his stories about readiness disgusted me. Not too many realize how little meat we have there, despite the number of ships/boats in the region. A great many deadlined hulls, not much capability.

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