Iran’s largest naval ship caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman.
According to state TV, the fire broke out in Kharag during a training mission at around 2:25 am today.
It is reported that the ship sank near the port of Jask in the Gulf of Oman.
The cause of the fire is unknown and the entire crew managed to rescue the Navy ship.
shared photos Iranian Social media is purportedly showing pictures of sailors wearing life jackets while unloading the ship.
Military officials reportedly spent around 20 hours trying to douse the fire but the fire spread to different parts of the ship.
The incident happened in the Gulf of Oman – a waterway that links the Strait of Hormuz, where about a fifth of the world’s oil passes.
The Kharag was built in Britain in 1977 and entered the Iranian Navy in 1984 after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
It can lift heavy cargo and serves as a launch pad for helicopters.
it comes exactly one week after a week big explosion Happened at a drone factory in Iran.
The blast in Isfahan, which injured nine people, comes just days after Israel accused Tehran of providing aid to Hamas during the recent conflict in Gaza.
Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of arming Hamas terrorists by helping it develop lethal missiles to strike strategic targets in Israel.
Last month, a US vessel fired about 30 warning shots to intercept Iranian speedboats that were reportedly “harassing” a ballistic missile sub in the Strait of Hormuz.
About thirteen Iranian speedboats conducted “unsafe and unprofessional” maneuvers near it.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) speedboat came about 150 yards from six US military ships.
Earlier this year, Iran’s military leader vowed to turn American aircraft carriers into “sinking submarines”, A year after the US drone strike killed Iran’s revered commander Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The sinking of Kharag is the latest naval disaster for Iran.
Last year, 19 sailors were killed when a missile accidentally hit a ship near the port of Jask. At least 15 sailors were injured.
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