Tehran, Iran-The largest warship of the Iranian Navy fired and then sank in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday under uncertain circumstances, which recently attacked one of the country’s vessels in tension with the West. The latest disaster.
According to the Fars news agency, the fire began at around 2:25 am and firefighters attempted to contain it, but on the 207-meter (679-foot) Kharg island used to replenish other vessels in the fleet at sea. I couldn’t save it. And do training exercises. State media reported that 400 crew members fled the ship and 20 were injured.
The ship sank near the port of Jask in Iran, about 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf. A satellite image of Planet Labs Inc. analyzed by the Associated Press showed no signs of a fire at 11:00 am on Tuesday, indicating that Kerg was off the coast of Jask.
Iran’s social media has spread photos of sailors in life jackets evacuating from the ship in a burning fire behind the ship. Fars released a video of dark black smoke rising from the ship early Wednesday morning. A US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite tracking a fire from space detected a fire near Jask shortly before the fire reported by Firth.
Iranian officials said the investigation had begun, but did not reveal the cause of the fire on Kharg Island. This will occur after a series of mysterious explosions targeting commercial vessels in the Gulf of Oman in 2019. The US Navy then accused Iran of targeting the ship with a limpet mine, usually a time bomb attached to the hull by a diver.
Iran denied that, but US Navy footage shows members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps removing unexploded ordnance from the ship. The attack took place in the midst of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from a nuclear deal with Tehran’s world powers. In Vienna, negotiations are ongoing to uphold the agreement.
In April, an Iranian ship called MV Saviz, believed to have been moored in the Red Sea off Yemen for years, was targeted by a suspected attack carried out by Israel. It has escalated a long-standing shadow war between the two countries in the Middle East, from strikes in Syria to attacks on ships and attacks on Iran’s nuclear program.
The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office did not respond to a request for comment on Kerg on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, state television and semi-official news agencies called Kharg, named after the island that functions as Iran’s main oil terminal, a “training ship.” It was one of the few ships of the Iranian Navy that could provide supply to other ships at sea. It can also lift heavy cargo and act as a helicopter launch point.
Like many of Iran’s major military equipment, Kerg’s history dates back to Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Built in the United Kingdom and launched in 1977, the warship entered the Iranian Navy in 1984 after long negotiations. This dilapidated military aircraft has recently been fatal until Tuesday. A malfunction of Iran’s F-5 ejector seat, dating back to the pre-revolution, killed two pilots while the aircraft was parked in the hangar.
In recent months, the Navy has launched a slightly larger commercial tanker called the Makran and modified it to provide functionality similar to Kharg.
The sinking of Kharg is the latest naval disaster for Iran. In 2020, during military training in Iran, a missile accidentally collided with a naval vessel near Jask, killing 19 sailors and injuring 15 others. In 2018, an Iranian naval destroyer sank in the Caspian Sea.