Two US Navy Boats In Iran Custody – Pentagon
Up to 10 US Navy sailors are detained after a vessel breaks down and drifts into Iranian territorial waters, says the Pentagon.
The Pentagon has said two US Navy boats are in Iranian custody, though Iran has said the crew will be returned “promptly”.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told the Associated Press they lost contact with the vessels as they moved through the Gulf between Kuwait and Bahrain.
Mr Cook said: “We have been in contact with Iran and have received assurances that the crew and the vessels will be returned promptly.”
Up to 10 US Navy sailors have been detained by Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces, senior US military officials said, after at least one vessel became disabled and drifted into Iranian territorial waters.
The US sailors are being held on Farsi Island, a small island in the Persian Gulf that is home to an Iranian Revolutionary Guard base.
A senior Obama administration official said: “Earlier today, we lost contact with two small US naval craft en route from Kuwait to Bahrain.
“We subsequently have been in communication with Iranian authorities, who have informed us of the safety and well-being of our personnel.
“We have received assurances the sailors will promptly be allowed to continue their journey.”