A fire broke out in Iran’s largest fleet which could not be contained. The ship sank in the waters of the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz. The cause of the fire was not determined and the crew was evacuated to safety.
Khark, named after the island that served as Iran’s main oil terminal, was a support unit that resupplied other ships, carried heavy loads and had a helipad, according to the Associated Press. State television and the semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agency described it as a “training ship”.
Iranian media reported that the ship sank near the port of Dusk after a failed firefighting operation.
The Israeli daily Israel Hadom reported that Iranian authorities have denied previous speculation that the ship and other ships were heading for Venezuela to serve as a forward base of operations for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
This is another naval disaster for the Iranian Navy. In 2020, during an exercise near Dżask, a missile accidentally hit a warship, killing 19 sailors and injuring 15 – reports the Associated Press.
According to the United States, Iran is responsible for several attacks on ships in the Gulf of Oman over the past two years. Tehran authorities deny the charges, the agency wrote. Israel Hajoum adds that there have also been attacks on merchant ships from Israel and Iran in recent years, which both countries blamed each other on.