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Iran's largest navy ship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman

Iran's largest navy ship catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman”

The support warship Kharg sank under unclear circumstances near the Iranian port of Jask, about 790 miles southeast of Tehran, semiofficial news agencies reported.

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

The Kharg was Iran's largest warship.

Kharg had been on a "training, intelligence and combat mission" in global waters along with Alborz, an Alvand-class frigate, according to a statement from the naval force of the regular Iranian army May 9.

Like much of Iran's major military hardware, the Kharg dated back to before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. No further explanation has been given for the latest incident in the region of sensitive waterways, though there have been accusations of attacks on ships owned by arch-enemies Iran and Israel there in the past.

A large Iranian navy ship has sunk after catching fi, e in the Gulf of Oman during a training mission, state news agencies say, the BBC reports.

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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.

The Kharg also was seaworthy enough to sail through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea and into South Asia in the past and could lift heavy cargo.

Iran's navy typically handles patrols in the Gulf of Oman and the wider seas, while the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard operates in the shallower waters of the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. He described the ship as one of Iran's most advanced and the second largest in the Middle East after Makran, also an Iranian vessel. Other explosions on ships in the Gulf of Oman since 2019 are believed to be part of the shadow war between Iran and Israel, each accusing the other of attacking ships with limpet mines. The attacks came amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Last year, a missile was mistakenly fired during a military training exercise at sea, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others.

Two crew members died in 2018 when an Iranian navy destroyer hit a breakwater and sank in the Caspian Sea.



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