The Iranian seizure of the
boats story grows more bizarre with every new Navy
informational release. USNI News website
now reports that the Iranian seizure of the two US boats and crews was the result of navigational error
rather than a failure of equipment (1). US
“Several sources confirmed to USNI News that the crews of the two boats, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, had misjudged their location when they mistakenly strayed into Iranian waters off of Farsi Island in the middle of the Persian Gulf on Jan. 12 while trying to meet a ship for refueling. The sources said the mistake was a result of human error, not a failure in navigation systems.…
The crews of the boats were determining their position and repairing a mechanical problem with one of the boats when forces from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) – the units responsible for costal defense in Iran – interdicted the U.S. RCBs and took both the boats and their crews to Farsi Island.”
This is damning in multiple ways.
If there was no failure of navigational systems then how could the crews have possibly not known their position? All they had to do was to look at the GPS nav system. To ask us to believe that highly trained boat crews with fully functioning nav systems were lost and none of them thought to merely glance at their GPS display is beyond belief.
This also asks us to believe that high trained, professional boat crews had no knowledge of navigational methods other than GPS? No knowledge of the myriad navigational methods that have been known to sailors for thousands of years? This also asks us to believe that none of the crew thought to simply call and ask for a position fix from some other unit?
Alternatively, if the crews were unsure about their position but, presumably, believed they were in international waters since they were not allowed to enter Iranian waters and did not, to the best of their knowledge at the moment of seizure, do so, then they allowed their boats and themselves to be seized in what they believed to be international waters, to the best of their belief. In their minds, they allowed an act of war to be committed against the
without resisting. US
The crews and their entire chain of command need to be court-martialed and discharged.