Iran’s Kharg sank in the Gulf of Oman

Iran Navy’s largest ship, Kharg 431, has sunk after catching fire near the mouth of the Gulf.

Iranian Kharg sank in the Gulf of Oman
Courtesy of Iranian Navy

Iran Navy’s largest ship, Kharg 431, has sunk after catching fire near the mouth of the Gulf.

The vessel was on a training mission and it was located near the Iranian port of Jask situated on the Gulf of Oman.

It is reported by the semi-official news agencies Fars and Tasnim that the entire crew was able to safely disembark.

However, all efforts to save the vessel were unsuccessful.

The Kharg was a modified Ol-class fleet replenishment oiler named after Kharg Island. The ship was built by Swan Hunter in the UK, launched in 1977, and delivered to Iran in 1984. It served as one of a few vessels in the Iranian Navy capable of providing replenishment at sea for its other ships.

The cause of the fire remains undisclosed.

Photo: Courtesy of Iranian Navy