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.” Continue reading