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US Navy officer in charge of sailors held by Iran reassigned

The US Navy said Commander Eric Rasch, who commanded the sailors briefly captured by Iran in January (pictured), had been relieved of command and reassignedThe officer in charge of 10 US sailors who were briefly captured by Iran in the Persian Gulf was relieved of his command, the Navy announced. Commander Eric Rasch “was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” the Navy said in a statement, adding he has been temporarily reassigned to a new role. The decision is the first time a sailor has been held publicly accountable after two US riverine patrol boats veered off course into Iranian territorial waters off Farsi Island in the Gulf.

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