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Largest ship in Iranian navy sinks after catching fire

Largest ship in Iranian navy sinks after catching fire

Largest ship in Iranian navy sinks after catching fire today (Wednesday).

The largest ship in the Iranian navy caught fire in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances.

Largest ship in Iranian navy sinks after catching fire

According to the AP’s report, Fars and Tasnim news agencies said efforts 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, Fars said.

The vessel sank near the Iranian port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran.

As per AP, it situated on the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz — the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Meanwhile, photos circulated on Iranian social media of sailors wearing life jackets evacuating the vessel as fire burned behind them.

State TV and semiofficial news agencies referred to the Kharg as a “training ship.”

Fars published video of thick, black smoke rising from the ship early Wednesday morning.

Moreover, Satellite photos from Planet Labs Inc. analyzed by The Associated Press showed the Kharg off to the west of Jask on Tuesday.

Moreover, satellites from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that track fires from space detected a blaze at the site of the Jask that started just before the time of the fire reported by Fars.

Britain built ship entered the Iranian navy in 1984

The Kharg serves as one of a few vessels in the Iranian navy capable of providing replenishment at sea for its other ships.

It also can lift heavy cargo and serve as a launch point for helicopters.

The ship, built in Britain and launched in 1977, entered the Iranian navy in 1984 after lengthy negotiations that followed Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

However, Iranian officials offered no cause for the fire aboard the Kharg.

But, it comes after a series of mysterious explosions that began in 2019 targeting ships in the Gulf of Oman.

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