- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2016

The U.S. Navy has relieved Capt. Kyle Moses of his duties “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to an official news release.

The firing comes at the conclusion of a Navy investigation into the brief capture and detention in January of two U.S. Navy riverine boats and their crews by the Islamic Republic of Iran. At the time, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said a “navigational error” had led to the boats drifting off course into Iranian territorial waters.

Capt. Moses was the commanding officer of the Naval Forces Central Command’s Task Force 56, which, according to a Navy website, is responsible for “Expeditionary Combat Forces” within the Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping passage bounded by Iran and Oman.

Capt. Richard M. Meyer “has assumed interim command of the task force,” according to the Navy’s Friday news release. He previously served as the Naval Forces Central Command’s chief of staff.

“Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson is expected to brief the press on Thursday at the Pentagon on the full details of the investigation and steps forward, including possible additional punishment for other sailors involved in the incident,” the Washington Examiner reported on Friday.



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