On Tuesday, it was first reported that two US Naval ships were held under Iranian custody, and that the crew of both ships would be returned "promptly." Over the course of three hours, it was revealed that the ships appeared to have drifted into Iranian waters after "mechanical problems," and that the crew members would not be released until Wednesday - all amidst the hype and drama of President Obama's last State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. This story is still developing, and will be updated accordingly. For more real-time coverage, follow us on Twitter @Conflicts.
Wednesday - 5:55 AM EST: United States confirms that sailors have safely returned to US custody.
Wednesday - 5:40 AM EST: More photos surface of sailors and boats in Iranian custody.
Wednesday - 5:22 AM EST: Iran decided to release sailors due to the fact that US intrusion wasn't deliberate and that the US "made apology," according to IRCG statement.
Wednesday - 4:59 AM EST: The Iranians have freed the US soldiers in custody, according to reports.
Wednesday - 2:41/3:09 AM EST: IRCG Naval Commander says that the US trespassing of Iranian waters was "not hostile," and that a "broken" navigation system led to the US sailors into Iranian territory.
Wednesday - 2:17 AM EST: Tehran requests apology from United States for "violating" territorial waters.
Wednesday - 1:54/2:17 AM EST: According to IRCG Navy Commander Fadavi, US forces showed "unprofessional behavior" for 40 minutes after the capture and the US sailors showed "no resistance."
Wednesday - 1:50 AM EST: Revolutionary Guard spokesperson says Iran will treat US sailors with "Islamic mercy."
Tuesday - 6:06 PM EST: The Iranian Revolutionary Guard confirms the custody situation, reports that the crew members are "safe and well."
Tuesday - 5:46 PM EST: Confirmation of the President being briefed on the situation over an hour after the news of the custody situation surfaces.
Tuesday - 5:31 PM EST: The sailors are to be in Iranian custody into Wednesday and through the State of the Union Address, according to senior defense officials.
Tuesday - 5:14 PM EST: Mechanical problems are said to be the blame for the ships drifting into Iranian waters.
Tuesday - 4:18/5:06 PM EST: More details surface - 10 sailors are being held at an IRCG base on the small Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. It is also revealed that nine men and one woman are among those in custody.
Tuesday - 4:16 PM EST: Is is stated that the White House is involved in resolving the issue, and getting the personnel "returned to normal deployment."
Tuesday - 4:05 PM EST: Tweets of the custody situation surface, but officials say that Iran has told the US the crew will be returned in a short time.