The Iranian warship ‘Kharg’ sunk on Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman after being suddenly engulfed in flames forcing the ship’s crew to evacuate.
As Fox News reports:
The support warship Kharg sank under unclear circumstances near the Iranian port of Jask, about 790 miles southeast of Tehran, semiofficial news agencies reported.
BREAKING 🚨 Largest ship in the Iran’s navy “Kharg” caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman pic.twitter.com/Rs5oZUI3B0
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Firefighters tried to contain the blaze, which ignited around 2:25 a.m., but efforts to save the Kharg – named after the island that serves as the main oil terminal for Iran – were unsuccessful, according to the Fars and Tasnim news agencies.
Sailors were captured evacuating the vessel as the fire burned behind them, photos posted on Iranian social media showed. Video published by Fars also showed thick, black smoke rising from the ship early Wednesday morning.
Iranian officials have yet to say what caused the blaze.
The ‘Kharg’ was the largest ship in Iran’s fleet and was a former oil tanker that had been retrofitted into a helicopter carrier and logistics hub for Iranian operations throughout the middle east. The ship’s destruction is a significant loss for the Iranians and will be difficult for them to replace.