Navy fires commander of squadron captured in Iranian waters

The Navy said in a statement on June 9 that it had lost confidence in Cmdr. Eric Rasch, who was the executive officer of the squadron that included the 10 sailors at the time of the January incident. He was responsible for the training and readiness of the more than 400 sailors in the unit.

A Navy official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Rasch “failed to provide effective leadership, leading to a lack of oversight, complacency and failure to maintain standards in the unit.”

Rasch was promoted to commander of the unit in April — after the Iran incident occurred, but before the preliminary investigation was done. Rasch has been relieved of his command duties and reassigned, the Navy said.

Several other sailors involved in the incident received administrative reprimands and others are likely to be disciplined, the Navy said.

Full article: Navy fires commander of squadron captured in Iranian waters (World Tribune)

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