The question was asked, twice, something to the effect, "What would our Sailors and Marines have done in a similar situation the British servicemembers found themselves?"
The CNO was very short and to the point. I paraphrase, but not too far from his actual words,
My Sailors would not have been taken prisoner.That message, Shipmates, is quite clear. Even if you forgot what your ROE was - you are not taken prisoner. Better have a plan. I think the operative word now days is "kinetic."
UPDATE: From reader Over-the-hill-Spook, we now have the transcript. Here are the exact words of the CNO,
My expectations is that American sailors are never seized in a situation like that. And individuals and units are guided by the right of self-defense. They don't have to ask permission to take action to protect themselves.I think my "heard once between meetings.." Sailor boil-down got the essence.
Cross posted at MilBlogs.