10 Navy sailors detained in Iran return to San Diego

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Capt. Gary Leigh, center right, commander, Coastal Riverine Group One, greets the 10 U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron Three, upon their return to Naval Air Station North Island, to complete the final phase of reintegration and be reunited with their families. The Sailors were briefly detained by Iran Jan. 12-13 and are in good health. Image altered for security and privacy purposes. (U.S. Navy)

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SAN DIEGO — The 10 U.S. Navy sailors briefly detained by Iran earlier this month returned to their homeport late Friday in San Diego, the Navy said.

The sailors, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, returned to Naval Station North Island.

They “are in good health and will reunite with their families, continue debriefings, and receive any ongoing medical care and support as necessary,” the Navy said Saturday.

“Our sailors are being reintegrated with dignity and professionalism,” said Rear Adm. Frank Morneau, commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. “My top priority is the health, welfare and well-being of our shipmates as they return to duty.”

The Iranian government detained the soldiers Jan. 12 after their boats strayed into territorial waters around one of Iran’s islands in the Persian Gulf.  One day later, Iran released the sailors.

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