Sailors Depart Iran Safely


Story Number: NNS160113-01Release Date: 1/13/2016 6:07:00 AM
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From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command


Commander, U.S. FIFTH Fleet


Commander, Combined Maritime Forces, Public Affairs


MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- Ten U.S. Navy Sailors safely returned to U.S. custody today, after departing Iran. There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention.

The Sailors departed Farsi Island at 8:43 a.m. (GMT), aboard the two Riverine Command Boats (RCB) that they had been operating when they lost contact with the U.S. Navy. The Sailors were later transferred ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other Sailors took charge of the RCBs and continued transiting toward Bahrain, the boats' original destination.

The Navy will investigate the circumstances that led to the Sailors' presence in Iran.

 
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