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After completing a full investigation of the incident in which two U.S. Navy riverine boats were seized by Iran and their crew held temporarily captive, the captain in charge of the operation was removed from his position.
Capt. Kyle Moses was removed from his position as commander of Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 56 “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to the Washington Examiner.
He was reassigned to the Naval Forces Central Command staff, according to a Navy news release.
Although Moses was technically temporarily reassigned, removal from a command position generally spells the end of a military career.
Shortly after signing a nuclear deal with that country, Iran seized two boats that had drifted into Iranian waters and published humiliating photos of the 10 crew members they held captive.
On Friday, Vice Adm. Kevin Donegan, commander of Naval Forces Central Command, released his findings.
“Several weeks ago, I had initially taken what I felt was appropriate administrative and corrective action involving Capt. Moses based on the preliminary results of the investigation, which I began immediately after we recovered our Sailors,” Donegan said. “However, after thoroughly examining the findings of the final, comprehensive investigation, I determined that this additional action was necessary.”
Further details into the incident, including possibly punishments that may be meted out to other individuals involved, are expected Thursday when Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is scheduled to brief the news media at the Pentagon.
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