TEHRAN, Iran – The largest Iranian Navy ship caught fire and later sank in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances on Wednesday. The island which serves as the main oil terminal for Iran.
State TV said the fire started around 2.25 a.m. and firefighters tried to douse it. The ship sank near the Iranian port of Zask, about 1,270 kilometers (790 mi) southeast of Tehran, near the Strait of Hormuz on the Gulf of Oman – the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.
Images circulated on Iranian social media of sailors wearing life jackets taking out the ship as a fire burning behind them. State TV and semi-official news agencies referred to Kharag as a “training ship”.
Kharag serves as one of the few ships of the Iranian Navy capable of providing replenishment at sea for its other ships. It can also lift heavy cargo and serve as a launch point for helicopters. The ship, built in Britain and launched in 1977, entered the Iranian Navy in 1984 after long negotiations following Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The sinking of Kharag marks the latest naval disaster for Iran. During an Iranian military training exercise in 2020, a missile accidentally hit a naval vessel near the port of Jask, killing 19 sailors and injuring 15. Also in 2018, an Iranian naval destroyer sank in the Caspian Sea.
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