The fire, which started around the port of Jask, near the Iranian Strait of Hormuz, is said to have started the night before. According to reports cited by Iranian semi-official Fars news agency, firefighters’ efforts to contain the flames failed and the ship sank. The firefighters’ efforts lasted 20 hours, AFP reported.
IT WAS EXERCISES
Although no details were given on the cause of the fire, Kharg was mentioned as a “training ship” on state television. It was reported that 400 personnel on board were evacuated and 20 of them sustained minor injuries. Photos belonging to the ship’s rescue efforts were shared on social media. Photographs showed the fire continued in the background as sailors wearing life jackets evacuated the ship. It was shared that the Kharg ship was on an exercise mission in the area. Iran regularly conducts exercises in the Arabian Sea, where the incident took place. The Gulf has the distinction of being a gateway connecting the Strait of Hormuz, which occupies an important place in the world oil trade.
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The incident in the Arabian Sea added a new dimension to the problems faced by the Iranian Navy, the majority of whose inventory dates from before 1979 and could not be modernized. In 2018, an Iranian navy vessel sank in the Caspian Sea and in 2020, during the exercise, a missile accidentally hit a navy vessel near the port of Jask, killing 19 sailors and injuring 15. It was built in Kharg, England and launched in 1977. It joined the Iranian Navy in 1984 following lengthy negotiations after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. The ship, which also has a helipad, was also used for transporting other watercraft. The largest ship in the Iranian Navy, the Kharg was 207 meters in length and weighed 18,880 gross tons.