Nine face discipline for errors that led to U.S. sailors' Iranian arrest

June 30, 2016 2:14 PM

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Nine face discipline for errors that led to U.S. sailors' Iranian arrest

Nine Navy personnel are facing discipline after a high-profile report concluded that shoddy navigation, maintenance shortfalls and a baffling lack of oversight created a maelstrom of errors that led to two U.S. Navy patrol boats being seized at gunpoint in Iranian territorial waters.

The U.S. sailors were not even aware they had entered Iranian waters after deviating from their charted course between Kuwait and Bahrain in January. U.S. diplomats secured the sailors' release unharmed after 16 hours in custody, a crisis that nearly scuttled the Iran nuclear deal.

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