WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it briefly lost contact with two small Navy craft in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday but has received assurances from Iran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook tells The Associated Press that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the US lost contact with them.

Cook says, “We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly.”




Iran was holding 10 U.S. Navy sailors and their two small Navy boats after the boats had mechanical problems and drifted into Iranian waters, but American officials have received assurances from Tehran that they will be returned safely and promptly.

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.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions with Iran, and only hours before President Barack Obama is set to deliver his final State of the Union address to Congress and the public. It set off a dramatic series of calls and meetings as U.S. officials tried to determine the exact status of the crew and reach out to Iranian leaders.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who has forged a personal relationship with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif through three years of nuclear negotiations, called Zarif immediately on learning of the incident, according to a senior U.S. official. Kerry “personally engaged with Zarif on this issue to try to get to this outcome,” the official said.


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  • The Duke of New York

    How does the US Navy lose two ships? How do the Iranians get their hands on them? Where is our leadership in the Navy and the White House? Why are we not bombing Iran? When are we going to grow a pair? I have the answer. His name is Donald J Trump.

    • Pocono18519

      Ask the “HMIC”. (Head Mallotto in charge). My spelling might suck but I will NEVER EVER say that it was the first black man to become president. Exactly why he wants to create friction between races, he can’t decide which color he is.
      Anyway, you’re absolutely correct…TRUMP in 2016.

    • Sid Schmidt

      Duke the Donald has only been out for himself , even now. He has no answers really. He certainly has no substance that would qualify him for president. He is all bluster. Does he ever give details. He was not even aware of what our nuclear triad is . I bet even you know that , and the way the comments were going he should have been able to piece it together . Triad – 3 our sea ( submarines ) air ( bombers ) and land ( ICBM’s ) , to deliver warheads on an enemy . His business dealings do not equal being able to run the govt .

      • JoAnn Graham

        Well, to be fair, NONE of the candidates are giving “specifics” at this point, because they don’t want to cause any voters to rule them out before the primaries even happen. As to Trump being “only” a businessman, I’d rather have a competent BUSINESSMAN than a feckless FOOL who is not competent at ANYTHING except causing division between races and committing TREASON, you know, like we have NOW.

    • JoAnn Graham

      No doubt THOSE ships are under the command of some of Obama’s hand-picked STOOGES who are INCOMPETENT, but loyal ONLY to him. Either that, or Obama’s idiot RULES OF ENGAGEMENT forbade them to defend themselves.


      They weren’t ships, they were riverine boats, small craft, I suppose similar to the boats used in Vietnam on the Vietnamese rivers. The captain is usually a senior enlisted person, and boats do break down as was stated and drifted into Iranian waters and ran aground, but why the second one ran aground is anybody’s guess.!!…..

  • Ron Pate

    Obama, this is an act of war, period. Now pony up or be guilty of treason for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

    • Ronnie Anthony Pate

      really? that is your name? LOL

      • Ron Pate


    • JoAnn Graham

      Sorry, Ron Pate, but Obama has already BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. Numerous times, which means he is a TRaITOR umpteen times OVER. Benedict Arnold only committed treason ONCE, and he paid for it with his life. And HE wasn’t the President! When is OBAMA going to pay?

    • jim scofield

      You have to wonder if this is a ploy to draw us
      into their pissing match with Saudi Arabia. Too
      Bad the Skipper of the Abraham Lincoln can’t
      launch the F-18s after the missal launch light
      their little rag head butts up.

  • John

    Satellite phones and you lose contact with your boats? Who the Hell is running this operation and do they think we are that stupid.(Rhetorical)

    • hadenough57

      Obama’s henchmen are running things.

    • JoAnn Graham

      We KNOW who is running this operation, and yes, he DOES think we are THAT stupid, because, you know, HE’S so darned SMART (not).


      Satellite reception is not perfect, my satellite goes out during severe weather and I lose my internet connection until the cause has moved on.!!…..

  • Pam

    Lost contact was Obama’s way to interpret it. He only owns up to the truth when he is corned and can’t deny it. They have their billions and we are getting the shaft. Gee, Iran thinks the sailors can’t navigate those boats in the dark, ain’t that special?

  • Ken Knerr

    If I were in charge, bombs would be dropping right the hell now.

  • jim scofield

    Is this going to be the second iran hostage debacle

  • frankenbiker

    This is what happens when you purge the military of top brass that knew their sht, and replaced them with a bunch of yes men. Then add the so called deal that the goatfcker brokered, and yoy have the makings of a military disaster. Not only is he the worse potus we’ve ever had, hes the a b solute worse commander in chief. Hes more like the coward in chief.