Iran’s largest navy ship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman
⚡️🇮🇷Iran's largest navy vessel catches fire and sinks in the Gulf of Oman, in very unclear circumstances. Some suggest the ship was evacuated before it went down.
Iranian Navy support vessel Kharg sank in a massive fire on board about 8 hours ago.
The largest ship in the Iranian navy, it was built at the English shipyard Swan Hunter in October 1974.
The incident took place during a training exercise on the roadstead of the naval base in Bandar Abbas. No casualties were reported. Judging by these shots, they managed to evacuate everyone.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The largest ship in the Iranian navy has caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances. The Fars and Tasnim news agencies said efforts Wednesday failed to save the support ship Kharg, named after the island that serves as the main oil terminal for Iran. The blaze began around 2:25 a.m. and firefighters tried to contain it, state TV said. The vessel sank near the Iranian port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz — the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.
The Kharg was a modified Ol-class fleet replenishment oiler of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, named after Kharg Island. Built by Swan Hunter in the United Kingdom and launched in 1977, she was delivered to Iran in 1984 and sunk after a major fire in June, 2021.