Navy Cmdr. Eric Rasch fired over Iran’s detention of US Sailors

Navy Cmdr. Eric Rasch fired over Iran’s detention of US Sailors

The Navy has fired the commander of the 10 American sailors who drifted into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf earlier this year and were detained by Iran for about 15 hours.

Navy Cmdr. Eric Rasch was relieved of his duties as commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 as of May 12, according to a Navy statement.

“Rasch was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the statement said.

Rasch was executive officer of the squadron at the time of the incident, in which two riverine boats drifted off course into Iranian waters after facing electrical malfunctions.

Iranian military boats surrounded the U.S. boats and made the 10 American sailors onboard kneel with their hands behind their heads.

Read more at The Hill

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