Iran Loses Largest Warship After Fire Cripples, Sinks Vessel in Gulf of Oman

Iran Loses Largest Warship After Fire Cripples, Sinks Vessel in Gulf of Oman

Iran’s largest naval vessel caught fire and sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman, under circumstances yet to be made clear by Tehran.

The IRNA news outlet reports multiple efforts over 26 hours failed to save the British-built ship from foundering in what is just the latest disaster to hit the trouble-plagued Iranian navy.

Video of the incident was soon making its way around social media outlets, showing the stricken vessel disappearing beneath the waves in a cloud of acrid smoke:

Footage reportedly of #Iran’s Navy largest ship, the Kharg , burning this morning in the Gulf of Oman.

The vessel later sank (AP), in yet another mysterious incident/ disaster befalling Iran’s military:
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— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) June 2, 2021

The blaze began aboard the Kharg, named after the island that serves as the main oil terminal for Iran, at around 2:25 a.m. and firefighters tried to contain it, the Fars news agency said.

The vessel eventually went down near the Iranian port of Jask, some 790 miles southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz — the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Photos circulated on Iranian social media of sailors wearing life jackets evacuating the vessel as a fire burned behind them.

State TV and agencies referred to the Kharg as a “training ship.” Fars published video of thick, black smoke rising from the ship early Wednesday morning:

Simon Kent