Updates – Iran Kidnaps 10 U.S. Sailors and Two U.S. Military Boats in Persian Gulf….

BREAKING:  So Much for Obama’s appeasement approach toward Iran.  Two small U.S. naval vessels containing 10 U.S. Military service members were traveling from Kuwait to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.

The U.S. Navy lost contact with the vessels after the Iranian Navy intercepted the two boats and detained the sailors.

Early reports are the U.S. Navy members are in good health and negotiations are underway to secure their release.  The incident took place near Farsi Island. Secretary of State John Kerry called his Iranian counterpart to try to resolve the matter.  The Iranian government has initially refused to release our soldiers – they will not be released tonight.

Here’s an image of what type of vessels the U.S. military were using.  Riverine Boats:

riverine boat

update-1 AP Has Outline – […]   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.

U.S. officials said that the incident happened near Farsi Island, situated in the Persian Gulf. They said that some type of mechanical trouble with one of the boats caused them to run aground and they were picked up by Iran. The sailors were in Iranian custody on Farsi Island at least for some time, but it’s not certain where they are now.

The semi-official Iranian news agency, FARS, said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s navy has detained 10 foreign forces, believed to be Americans, and said the sailors were trespassing in Iranian waters.

“We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly,” Cook said.  (read more)

(CNN link)

persian gulf map


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425 Responses to Updates – Iran Kidnaps 10 U.S. Sailors and Two U.S. Military Boats in Persian Gulf….

  1. lisainva says:

    Reblogged this on lisaandrews1968 and commented:

    Helicopters fly from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt during a vertical replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Gulf of Oman. The Pentagon says it briefly lost contact with two small Navy ships in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday but has received assurances from Iran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly.

    Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/news/nation-world/world/article54323120.html#storylink=cpy


  2. aprilyn43 says:

    But, in Obama’s State of the Union, he praises Iran – he’s already given Iran the sweetest nuke deal, what’s he going to give them for the military personel?
    Or, is this gonna be a Carter deal, where people die?


  3. misterpasta says:

    Can we trade them for Bergdahl?


  4. Doodahdaze says:

    Well it is morning in Iran. Are our sailors free yet?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Regina says:

    let’s check back with Secy. Kerry!



  6. Jeffey Meaux says:

    If they were from a “mothership” the Captain of that mothership should never had let this happen. Nor should it have happened if they were from a land base command. “who” sent that boat on a mission? A few years ago this happened to an English boat, at that time I felt that it could not happen to an American boat. These are relative small boats and need protection from being seized by the enemy. As a United States citizen and an ex navy sailor I would hope that there is some good excuse for this incident. Jeffery Meaux

    Liked by 3 people

    • Doodahdaze says:

      It does not look seaworthy at all. What is it doing in open ocean?


    • Regina says:

      especially considering this
      The incident came on the heels of an incident in late December when Iran launched a rocket test near U.S. warships and boats passing through the Strait of Hormuz.


    • nimrodman says:

      “who” sent that boat on a mission? “mothership” “land base”

      They were obviously on some covert op or covert reconnaissance to risk being in that location with those boats. See map downthread.


    • Mike says:

      Cheap words i never met a squid who actually called themselves a sailor. Most likely the leash was on. Those are swcc craft. Probably deployed from a dock in the gulf. There not usually launched from a ship save an LPD. The CO was likely ordered to stand down and not hurt Irans feelings more. Better question is why tbe commander in chief didnt order the sinking of a vessle every minute until our people were returned. The fleet isnt “allowed” to pass it goes where it pleases.

      Liked by 2 people

  7. Doodahdaze says:

    Looking at that boat I wonder. What in the world is it good for?


    • nimrodman says:

      … not very “riverine”.

      That’s blue water with potentially serious seas if the wind’s up.

      Liked by 1 person

    • nimrodman says:

      “run aground?”

      Yes, quite likely. Farsi Island looks to be one of a group of coral atolls / sandbanks, so there’ll be an expanse of shallow water and maybe even emerged sandbars and reefs at low tide. Here’s an overview of the island group and a closeup of Farsi, which looks to have been dredge-filled with a breakwater harbor. That’s similar to what China is doing, dredge-filling those atolls in the China Sea. Unfortunately, the Google Earth imagery is not very detailed in this vicinity.


      Farsi Island close-up:


  8. Regina says:

    Didn’t that AP or NYT article say specifically say that the communications between US and Iran were “professional”??

    US aircraft carrier made ‘provocative’ maneuvers in Gulf after Iran detained US sailors – Tehran

    Iran said a US aircraft carrier “acted provocatively and unprofessionally” after its Revolutionary Guards seized two US boats that strayed into Islamic Republic’s territorial waters.

    The USS Harry S. Truman, which is currently deployed in the Persian Gulf, has been conducting improper maneuvers in the wake of the detention of the boats, a top Iranian naval commander claimed.

    Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the chief of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Navy, talked about the incident with the American boats in a live interview on state TV.

    Fadavi dismissed reports that the ten American troops detained by the IRGC would soon be released as “speculation.” He said they would be questioned and warned that Iran would “act properly” if it concludes that the boats entered Iranian waters on an espionage mission rather than by accident.

    He confirmed that US Secretary of State John Kerry had talked with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif. Zarif demanded a formal apology for the breach of Iranian sovereignty, Fadavi said.



  9. Regina says:


  10. Regina says:


  11. Regina says:

    from 2013 h/t KBR

    In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.

    “I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement. Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”

    Politicians like to keep their families off-limits to the press, a decorum enforced vigorously when it comes to politicians who are in favor with the national media but ruthlessly discarded for others. But in Kerry’s case, there could be larger ramifications.

    Since its inception, the FBI has vetted U.S. government officials involved in national security issues, and it generally won’t grant clearances to individuals who are married to nationals of an enemy nation or have family members living in that country, for fear of divided loyalties or, more simply, blackmail.

    There it is. Certainly, even leftists can comprehend this concept without inserting race into their thought processes (oh, wait). Imagine a scenario in which a representative of Iran’s mullahs approaches the State Department with a list of demands that, if not met, could have serious consequences for Kerry’s in-laws living in Iran.


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    • Mike says:

      Your missing something. Obama doesnt see iran as hostile. He said himself taking US vessles and their personelle hostage isnt a hostile act. We used to call that piracy when done privately and war when done by a state. We responded with more strength in the 1790s to this crap than today. Man i hate Liberals and im a gay X squid


  12. rumpole2 says:

    Is everybody still “confident that the 10 crew members will be released soon”??
    Do ya think the boats will be released.. ever?
    Even if they are, do ya think that equipment and documents etc will be intact?


  13. Regina says:

    how’s this for trolling – when I first accessed the article above, there were very few comments, but one (repeated, but now removed) said:

    US President on TV right now saying Iran has 24 hours to return ships or they will attack

    someone finally pointed out that wasn’t why he was on television…

    Liked by 1 person

  14. rumpole2 says:

    Watch: Iran demands apology before freeing US sailors
    As well as playing down reports of a prompt release of the sailors, Iran is demanding an apology from the US after its sailors were arrested for “violating” Iran’s waters


    Liked by 1 person

  15. Doodahdaze says:

    Here we go. This guy making us look real stupid. Yep our leaders are stupid.



  16. Kathleen Wilson says:

    Any chance this “capture” is not what it seems. A delivery? or a pick up?
    This administration never what it seems. Just sayin…

    Hope it is as simple as 2 boats losing navigation function at same time- stretches the imagination

    Liked by 1 person

    • Regina says:

      The wait for the sailors’ release Wednesday morning dragged on for hours, with Iranian officials interrogating the sailors about their motives and demanding a U.S. apology.

      But an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps spokesman told state-run media the boats strayed into Iranian waters by accident.

      “The evidence suggests that they unintentionally entered the Iranian waters because of the failure of their navigational system,” IRGC spokesman Ramazan Sharif said.


  17. Regina says:



  18. jakeandcrew says:


    Allen West’s take on this –

    So this is what I see:

    Iran used this for propaganda and also probably exploited the riverine assault boat technology. Last night during the State of the Union, Obama talked about a superior military, then why did the engines malfunction on both those boats? Thank God our Sailors were released, but Iran has our technology and took the time to embarrass us.

    Perfect timing.

    He points out the Iranian spin on this, dutifully reported by the NYT:

    A prominent Iranian analyst with ties to the senior leadership said that the prompt resolution of the current incident was a reflection of how much Iran’s relations with the West had evolved since the signing of the nuclear accord this year.

    “This time, the Americans were cooperative in proving their innocence, and they quickly accepted their faults without resistance,” the analyst, Hamidreza Taraghi, said in a phone interview. “The marines apologized for having strayed into Iranian waters.”

    Obama has transformed America Into whipping dogs.


  19. rumpole2 says:

    Crisis averted as incident ends in rare words of conciliation
    (Translation: Kerry kisses Iranian ass)

    Swift Boat 2016
    But they were released after one night in captivity on Farsi, an Iranian island in the Gulf. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, responded by expressing his “gratitude”.


    Watch: Moment US Navy sailors are captured by Iran
    Video footage released by Iran’s state broadcaster purports to show the capture of 10 US navy sailors in Iranian waters


  20. formermilitary says:

    That’s not that Navy i served in. Glad i got out before the Obama Administration made our country look like a bunch of pussies…sad


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