The Pentagon says it briefly lost contact with two small Navy craft in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday but has received assurances from Iran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly.Will update as meaningful information becomes available.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook tells The Associated Press that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the US lost contact with them.
Update: NBC is reporting 10 Sailors captured. That is ~5 per boat. I have ideas what kind, but let's see.
Update II - Electric Boogaloo: USNINews is reporting that is was two "riverine" boats that experienced mechanical problems and drifted in to Iranian territorial waters. Both? Bad fuel, sabotage? About the only way that would happen. I'd wait for more info.
Update: III Some reports saying Iran will let the boats leave at dawn. If this turns in to a case of bad navigation or no sea anchors and towing lines ... well ... 'ole Sal will be ... well ... yea.
UPDATE IV: As per BBC;
Iran's Revolutionary Guards have released 10 US sailors held for entering its territorial waters in the Gulf, state television reported.First, glad everyone only had a short, safe visit. Now we can move on to the, "How in the h311 ... " phase.
They were detained on Tuesday after one of their two vessels broke down during a training mission, the US says.
A statement read on state media said the group was released into international waters after apologising.