DUBAI: Iran’s largest navy ship sank after catching fire near the Gulf’s mouth, but the entire crew was able to disembark safely, according to Iranian semi-official news agencies on Wednesday.
“All efforts to save the vessel were futile, and it sank,” according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
The firefighting operations on board the support ship, which was near the Iranian port of Jask in the Gulf of Oman, continued, according to the statement, which added that the vessel was on a training mission.
The cause of the fire was not stated in the statement.
Iran said in April that one of its ships, the Saviz, had been targeted in the Red Sea, following media reports that the ship had been attacked with limpet mines.
It was the latest in a reported string of attacks on Israeli and Iranian-owned cargo ships since late February, in which the two arch-enemies blamed each other.
During a training exercise last year, an Iranian warship accidentally fired a missile at another, killing 19 sailors and injuring 15.
The incident occurred during training in the Gulf of Oman, a sensitive waterway that connects to the Strait of Hormuz, which transports roughly one-fifth of the world’s oil. Iran conducts regular exercises in the area.