US Task Force Commander Removed By Navy After Iran Detainment Invesitagtion

Posted: June 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
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The commanding officer of the Navy task force detained by Iran in January has been removed, following an investigation of the incident.

Ten US sailors of Task Force 56 were taken into custody by Iranian Navy forces on January 13, after entering Iranian waters while traveling to Bahrain. Though they were ultimately released after being detained overnight, the incident was widely viewed as an embarrassment, especially as their detention was filmed and broadcast to a global audience.On Friday, Captain Kyle S. Moses was fired effective immediately by the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan. Donegan stated that the termination came as a result of a review of the recently concluded five-month long investigation.

“Several weeks ago, I had initially taken what I felt was appropriate administrative and corrective action involving Capt. Moses, based on the preliminary results of the investigation, which I began immediately after we recovered our sailors,” Donegan said in a statement. “However, after thoroughly examining the findings of the final, comprehensive investigation, I determined that this additional action was necessary.”

Aside from administrative actions, the Navy is currently weighing whether they will file criminal charges against nine of their personnel, six of whom are officers, Foreign Policy magazine reported.The results of the investigation are expected to be publicly released by the Pentagon next week, and will include changes the Navy will make to avoid incidents of this type in the future.

“If you are going to do these types of missions, then the right training, preparation, and oversight has to occur,” an anonymous Navy official told FP. “There are oversight lessons learned, communication lessons learned, and operational lessons learned.”

Moses is the second officer to be punished over the incident, last month Commander Eric Rasch was also relieved of his duties.

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