Iran lost one of its largest Navy ships in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday.
What a pity.
Iran’s 650 foot Navy cargo vessel, the Kharg, which was designed to resupply ships at sea sank on Tuesday after a fire began on board. The Daily Mail reports that the cause was a fault in one of the vessel’s “security systems” during a training exercise.
All 400 crew and students on board the vessel – built in Britain in 1977 – were evacuated with only minor injuries, the Iranian military said, before firefighters tried to tackle the blaze.
But they were unable to save the ship which sank Wednesday morning near the port of Jask ‘after 20 hours of dedicated efforts to save it’, Iranian officials said.
It is not yet clear how the fire started, but it comes amid attacks on cargo ships and military vessels in recent months that Iran and Israel have blamed on one-another – worsening already fraught relations between the old adversaries.
Source: Daily Mail
Let’s face it, at 43 years, that ship was getting a bit long in the tooth for a military supply vessel. That must be what happens when a country decides to spend its money on terrorism and bombs for proxy wars in say… Gaza.
The news of the Kharg’s sinking comes just days after reports that a couple of Iranian warships appeared to be heading to Venezuela.
The Daily Mail posted a video of the dark smoke billowing over the water.
Really, it’s such a pity that Iran lost one of their supply ships that way.