United States sailors disclosed sensitive information while in Iranian custody, after they ventured into the Islamic Republic’s waters in January, according to a U.S. Navy report released Thursday.
The incident, in which malfunctioning patrol boats resulted in Iranian military forces holding the sailors at gunpoint during President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, provided an opportunity for the sailors to divulge information.
The report said:
“It is clear that some, if not all, crew members provided at least some information to interrogators beyond name, rank, service number and date of birth.”
The sailors gave away details of the boats’ capabilities and the purpose of the mission, which was meant to convey strength.
The revelation that sailors gave away sensitive information is yet another blow for the Navy’s humiliating mishap.
Since the incident was resolved, the Navy has relieved the commander, Captain Kyle Moses. In addition, the report recommended disciplinary action for several of the sailors on the mission.
As Reuters noted, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said in a press conference Thursday that the sailors’ actions were not up to the standard to which the U.S. Navy should adhere.
“Big incidents like this are always the result of the accumulation of a number of small problems,” Richardson added.