Two US Navy Patrol Boats Seized by Iranian Coast Guard

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Two small US Navy boats were seized by the Iranian Coast Guard on Tuesday after they entered Iranian waters. US officials have said that the two ships were on a training mission when one of them experienced a mechanical failure, and drifted into Iran’s highly restricted Farsi Island before running aground. According to Pentagon Spokesman Peter Cook, the ships were moving between Bahrain and Kuwait when the Navy lost contact with them. The vessels have been described as riverine command boats, which are lightly armed, and typically used to patrol rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways.

The boats and their crew, which includes 10 sailors, are currently being held at an Iranian naval base on the Farsi Island in the middle of the Persian Gulf. US officials have claimed that they don’t know how the ships got there, or if they were captured before or after they fell into Iranian waters. According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest “At this point, we’re still monitoring the situation and it’s not entirely clear what happened.”

Shortly after the incident, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Iran’s Foreign minister to seek the release of the sailors. By all accounts, Tehran has assured the US that the sailors are safe, and that the ships will soon be returned to US custody with their crews, though a precise time-frame has not been confirmed.

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  • jps73

    Let the games begin.

  • StevetheHun

    So, GPS but they still couldn’t find where they were. And U.S. Navy deployed and they don’t know how to use a rope and make a knot and the good boat tow the other.

    Yeah… I believe it. They both drifted because of mechanical problems of one boat.

    Pretext for War, anyone? The Jingo “kill ’em all, war solves everything” crowd is out in force on other websites today.

  • Rick E.

    Remember when Turkey downed that Russian jet and killed two Russians? Obama said that Turkey has the right to protect itself and down the jet.
    Gee, I wonder if that also applies to Iran? NO? I didn’t think so, as it all depends on what country one is talking about, and who exactly is the trespasser!

  • otis cambell

    Saddle up boys & girls, this is going to be a wild ride. Hope you all got your 6 shooters loaded up & your leathers on.

  • Broos

    Farsi’s 50miles out to sea, for Allah’s sake!

  • Sir TuberKopf

    Sounds like a special forces op went bad and they got caught. Sloppy.

  • Unapologetically White

    This is what happens when you recruit from the inner cities. Oh, and I love how the media immediately turned it into a “crisis!”.

  • YeahRightOkay

    …one thing obozo has going for him…is that this new Iranian Hostage situation…won’t last 444 days under his watch before we get a new POTUS with gonads to get them free…

  • Enough is enough

    U.S. government is trying to start war with everyone.

  • Frank

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) is NOT the Iranian “Coast Guard”, Krause, you F’in IDIOT. The IRGC is the military arm of the sectarian Islamic leadership and a completely separate organization from the Iranian Navy and other regular Iranian military forces. If the Iranians wanted to provoke a confrontation or play along with what some seem to see as a deliberate provocation by the US, this would have been a great opportunity. Too bad that didn’t work out like all those conspiracy dreamers were hoping, because the US Navy personnel have been released and delivered back to US forces.