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The United States Navy is a disaster:

The Navy‘s top officer said Thursday the performance of 10 of his sailors leading up to and following their capture by Iranian forces in January did not meet the high standards expected of them, as he announced the long-awaited findings of a Navy investigation.

“Those sailors clearly know our actions on that day in January, and this incident did not live up to our expectations of our Navy,” Admiral John Richardson told reporters.

One of Richardson’s top deputies said some of the sailors violated the longstanding “code of conduct” that requires all service members to “make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country,” among its six articles.

According to the report, some of the Navy sailors gave up their passwords to their laptops, cellphones and sensitive data about their ships to their Iranian captors.

A complete disaster from top to bottom. Of course, regular readers of the News Roundup will recall that we crushed these sailors pretty bad when this first occurred, and didn’t really need an investigation to see how bad it was. But, in the interest of being thorough, I went and read through the actual report, which I finally tracked down online right here. There’s some redaction, and a lot of background, but there’s still some good stuff in there if you wanna take the time to get through it.

Rather than focus on the crew blabbing about everything under the sun to the Iraninans and violating the code of conduct (which we all recognized immediately,)  I wanted to see what else the report had to say. What jumped out at me where the many, MANY paragraphs devoted to training deficiencies. This report absolutely crushed the Navy’s standards of training and documentation. I mean, it’s no wonder that they got lost immediately, and then broke down right after that. Remember, there wasn’t even a pre-mission brief. Normally, even for a small movement, there would be a brief to lay out primary, secondary, and tertiary comm plans, maps, routes, friendly assets, weather, threats, you name it. This is SOP even for going a mile down the road in a hostile area. It’s incredible to me that this didn’t occur for a 200 mile trip through the Persian gulf!