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UPDATED: Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Appeals Punishment

UPDATED: Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Appeals Punishment

Riverine Command Boat (RCB) 802’s boat captain, Lt. David Nartker, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.7, checks his boat’s communications system operating in the Persian Gulf in 2015. US Navy Photo

Riverine Command Boat (RCB) 802’s boat captain, Lt. David Nartker, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.7, checks his boat’s communications system operating in the Persian Gulf in 2015. US Navy Photo

Lt. David Nartker, the officer in charge of the crew of two riverine boats captured and held by Iranian forces, is appealing the punishment issued earlier this month, according to information obtained by USNI News. Read More

Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Faces Punishment

Leader of U.S. Sailors Captured by Iran Faces Punishment

Lt. David Nartker, right, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3, talks with an Indonesian "Kopaska" Naval Special Forces on Aug. 6, 2016. US Navy Photo

Lt. David Nartker, right, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3, talks with an Indonesian “Kopaska” Naval Special Forces on Aug. 6, 2015. US Navy Photo

CORRECTION: The date on a photo of Lt. David Nartker in a caption in a previous version of this post was incorrect. It was taken on Aug. 6, 2015, not 2016.

This post was updated with additional information on the sailors who faced administrative punishment. A graphic of the U.S. Navy’s timeline of events was also added.

The officer in charge of the U.S. sailors who were captured and held by Iranian forces in January faces administrative punishment for his role in the incident, several defense officials have confirmed to USNI News. Read More

DoD, Navy: U.S. 5th Fleet Operations Not Affected By Regional Tensions

DoD, Navy: U.S. 5th Fleet Operations Not Affected By Regional Tensions

An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on Jan. 2, 2016. The Navy said operations in the Middle East have continued unimpeded despite diplomatic tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Sudan. US Navy photo.

An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on Jan. 2, 2016. The Navy said operations in the Middle East have continued unimpeded despite diplomatic tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Sudan. US Navy photo.

PENTAGON – Tensions in the Middle East stemming from the Jan. 2 execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia have not yet affected operations in U.S. 5th Fleet, Navy and Defense Department spokesmen said today. Read More

Middle East Allies Call for More Formal Alliances with U.S.

Middle East Allies Call for More Formal Alliances with U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at a news conference with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullain late 2013. Reuters Photo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at a news conference with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullain late 2013. Reuters Photo

Looking ahead to Monday’s United States-Gulf Cooperation Council summit meeting at Camp David, the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. said the talks would focus on more than the ongoing multi-lateral nuclear talks with Iran, United Arab Emirates ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al Otaibi, said on Thursday. Read More