Iran navy’s largest ship sinks after huge fire tears through vessel

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Iran’s largest navy ship has sunk after a devastating fire started onboard.

The support ship, named Kharg, was near the Iranian port of Jask, situated on the Gulf of Oman, before the blaze broke out.

It was on a training mission, and all of the crew members were able to disembark.

It is not year clear how the fire started.

"All efforts to save the vessel were unsuccessful and it sank," the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

In April, Iran said one of its vessels, the Saviz, had been targeted in the Red Sea, after media reports the ship had been attacked with limpet mines.

It was the latest in a reported series of attacks on Israeli-and Iranian-owned cargo ships since late February in which the two arch-enemies accused each other of responsibility.

Last year, an Iranian warship accidentally struck another with a missile during an exercise, killing 19 sailors and wounding 15 others.

The incident took place during training in the Gulf of Oman, a sensitive waterway that connects to the Strait of Hormuz through which about a fifth of the world's oil passes. Iran regularly conducts exercises in the area.

The ship which opened fire in the Gulf of Oman was a destroyer, according to reports, and caused extensive damage.

State-run news agency ISNA claimed that it accidentally fired a C-802 Noor missile during a military exercise.

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The accident was being "closely examined by technical experts", the news agency announced.

Videos afterwards circulated on social media, claiming to show wounded soldiers being rushed to hospital.

ELINT News tweeted: "It is reported the Iranian Jamaran frigate accidentally fired on the Konarak support ship with an anti-ship cruise missile during exercises.

"The Jamaran is a Moudge-class frigate armed with 4 C-802 (Noor) anti-ship cruise missiles. This is likely what was launched."

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