Here’s my assessment as a former Commander.
As Written By Allen B. West:
I’ll share the following story with y’all and allow you to make your own assessment. I have my own thoughts and will share those, too.
We all remember — well, I hope you do — the embarrassing Iranian seizure of two US Navy riverine assault boats. If you’ve forgotten this sad moment in US Naval history, I don’t know what to say. We shared several stories on this, including the awarding of medals to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy commander.
And now it appears we’ve made a decision regarding the future of the American Navy commander.
As reported by Fox News, The commodore in charge of the two U.S. Navy boats that strayed into Iranian waters leading to the capture of his 10 sailors for 16 hours in January will be relieved of command likely putting an end to his career, Fox News has learned.
Capt. [O-6] Kyle Moses, commodore of Commander Task Force (CTF) 56 was responsible for the two riverine boats and Kuwait-based crew. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, is set to release a long-awaited report on June 30th about the events surrounding the January incident now that the investigation is complete.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces captured the two high-speed patrol boats near Farsi Island, a well-known Iranian base, hours after the boats left Kuwait on January 12 with the intended purpose of sailing to Bahrain. Five sailors were aboard each boat.
The Navy crew was inexperienced and running late to make a rendezvous at a refueling point in the Persian Gulf when the capture took place, according to officials.
The detention of the American crew came the same day as President Obama’s State of the Union address and came at a sensitive time for the administration days before formally implementing the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers led by the United States.
Days after the incident, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Navy patrol boats had “misnavigated” into Iranian territorial waters. The second in command of the riverine squadron, Cmdr. Eric Rasch, was fired from his job last month.
So, what do y’all think?
Here’s my assessment as a former Commander. Nothing is ever routine, and any time you are to conduct a movement, there is a movement brief. The movement element goes through a route brief and a comms brief. Also, you conduct what is called immediate action drills in order to rehearse actions upon contact with the enemy, or any emergency situation. If you recall this story, we heard the excuse of “misnavigation” and then we heard about engine breakdown. Both of those situations would have been precluded with a proper mission/movement briefing.
The other perplexing point of order is what defines “inexperienced” when it comes to the crew? It would be interesting to know the number of hours the Officer-in-Charge had with the riverine patrol boats — and what were the certifications. In the artillery, one of the key training exercises was to ensure each howitzer crew or firing section for rocket/missile was certified. It was done by …..
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