The largest vessel operated by the Iranian Navy, IRIS Kharag caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman. The logistics and training ship caught fire for about 20 hours before sinking off the southern port of Jask.
The ship, which was the largest in terms of tonnage operated by the Navy, sank early Wednesday, Iranian media reported, citing the Navy’s second maritime zone in Jask.
“All attempts to save the ship were unsuccessful and it sank,” Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said.
A fire broke out in Kharag on Tuesday and the fire continued for about 20 hours before the ship sank. All crew members reportedly alighted from the burning ship, with no information on possible casualties immediately available.
Footage circulating online showed the ship at sea with open flames visible at the stern.
heard the ship# country [#ایران] IRIS Khadag is burning off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran. The fire is said to be “very large”, but there has been no confirmation from government-controlled news agencies.@SamanthaIranipic.twitter.com/vyVGGxUAgU
– pseudo-focus operation (@be_name_vatan) 1 June 2021
Another video showed the burning ship emitting a large plume of smoke visible from the Iranian coast.
The Kharag was a large British-built fleet replenishment tanker, used by the Iranian Navy from the early 1980s. The ship caught fire during a vessel “Training Naval Operations,” And the cause of the fire is not yet known. The ship had light armament and was capable of carrying three helicopters, one on the helipad and two more in the hangar.
The fire is the latest in a series of incidents plaguing Iranian ships over the past few months. In early April, the Iranian cargo vessel MV Saviz, anchored off Yemen in the Red Sea, came under attack. “minor damage.” According to Iranian officials, the vessel has been used as a logistics hub for anti-piracy operations in the region.
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