Tehran, Iran — The Iranian Navy’s largest ship was struck by fire and then sank in the Gulf of Oman on Wednesday under uncertain conditions, a semi-official news agency reported.
Fals and Tasnim News Agency said efforts to save the support vessel Kerg, named after the island that functions as Iran’s main oil terminal, have failed.
The fire began at around 2:25 am and firefighters attempted to contain it, state television reported. The ship sank near the port of Jask in Iran, about 790 miles southeast of Tehran in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.
The state-owned IRNA news agency said that the rescue operation on The Hague Island had failed, but did not elaborate on its implications.
Iran’s social media has spread photos of sailors in life jackets evacuating in a burning fire behind the ship.
Reuters reported that all crew members had successfully disembarked. Reuters quoted Fals, who quoted a statement from the Navy.
Kharg Island serves as one of the few ships of the Iranian Navy that can provide supply to other ships at sea. It can also lift heavy cargo and also serves as a helicopter launch point.
Built in the United Kingdom and launched in 1977, the ship joined the Iranian Navy in 1984 after long negotiations following Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
This incident marks the latest naval retreat for Iran. In 2020, during military training in Iran, a missile accidentally collided with a naval vessel near the port of Jask, killing 19 sailors and injuring 15 others. In 2018, an Iranian naval destroyer sank in the Caspian Sea.
Iran’s semi-official news agency says the largest ship in the Iranian Navy fired and sank an unknown situation.
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