Navy officer filmed in Iran detention faces punishment
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published: August 11, 2016
WASHINGTON — Lt. David Nartker, the last of nine U.S. sailors implicated in the January seizure of two patrol boats by Iran, will have his punishment for the incident announced Thursday, the Navy confirmed.
Nartker was the most senior of the 10 sailors seized Jan. 12 along with their riverine command boats after the vessels crossed into Iran’s territorial waters. During the sailors’ overnight detention, Nartker was filmed apologizing for the incident, among other images spread on Twitter and Iranian television for propaganda purposes.
The Navy has not said why Nartker is being punished.
An investigation by the Navy into the incident was released June 30 and found a string of missteps led to the seizure, including the crews were not prepared for the mission, had recently failed navigation tests, did not have enough sleep and were using boats with broken equipment such as radios. The nine male sailors and one female sailor aboard the boats were detained overnight and interrogated by their Iranians captors.