Report: Iran to Commemorate Capture of American Sailors with Monument

IRGC naval commander says it will be a ‘tourist attraction’

Iran state media


Iran intends to celebrate its capture of 10 Americans sailors earlier this year by building a monument.

Admiral Ali Fadavi, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps naval commander, recently revealed the plan to erect the monument, which he said would serve as a "tourist attraction," according to a report in London’s The Telegraph

"There are very many photographs of the major incident of arresting U.S. Marines in the Persian Gulf in the media and we intend to build a symbol out of them inside one of our naval monuments," Fadavi reportedly told Iran’s Defense Press news agency, misidentifying the sailors as Marines.

The statue would be the latest of several instances in which Iran has celebrated the sailors’ January capture. In February, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei awarded medals to Fadavi and four other naval commanders for detaining the U.S. sailors, complimenting them on an "excellent job." Weeks later, participants in a Tehran rally commemorating the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution imitated the sailors’ capture.

Iran arrested the sailors and their two naval craft on January 12, accusing them of drifting into Iranian territorial waters. The U.S. personnel were held overnight and released the following day, though defense officials initially said that they would be "promptly" returned.

Following their release, Iran state media published images of the sailors in custody with their weapons and equipment seized. The pictures, which showed the sailors on their knees with their hands behind their heads, sparked outrage among Republican lawmakers, though the Obama administration insisted that it was not embarrassed by the photographs.

The incident occurred just days before the official implementation day of the nuclear deal with Iran, which released billions in sanctions relief to the country.

Morgan Chalfant   Email Morgan | Full Bio | RSS
Morgan Chalfant is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Morgan worked as a staff writer at Red Alert Politics. She also served as the year-long Collegiate Network fellow on the editorial page at USA TODAY from 2013-14. Morgan graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a B.A. in English and Mathematics. Her Twitter handle is @mchalfant16.

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