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Publication Date

10-1-2016

Abstract

The January 2016 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) seizure of two US patrol boats inside the territorial sea of Farsi Island was strikingly reminiscent of their seizure of two British rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) in the North Arabian Gulf in 2007. Nine years ago both the US and British navies paused to consider the lessons that could be learned from that unfortunate incident. Recently, the comprehensive and well documented US Navy investigation into the 2016 incident was released to the public as were the first comments made by the senior officer in charge of the two US riverine craft. This article suggests that once again the US Navy should take the time to carefully consider what lessons can be learned from this preventable incident and in particular, poses three recommendations that pertain to increasing the effectiveness of all Navy Maritime Operations Center (MOC) staffs that have forces operating in the vicinity of potential hostile actors.

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