The largest ship of the Iranian Navy has sunk this Tuesday after suffering a fire on board off the coast of the city of Jask, located in the Gulf of Oman, as confirmed by the authorities of the Central Asian country. The Navy has detailed in a statement that the ‘Jark’, the largest ship it has in terms of tonnage, suffered a fire for reasons not yet determined during the day on Tuesday, without the efforts to extinguish it has been successful.
Thus, it has indicated that the crew was evacuated and transferred to Jask during the tasks of fighting against the flames, which have finally been unsuccessful, as reported by the Iranian news agency Mehr.
The Navy has highlighted that the ship, which has been operational for more than four decades, had been sent to international waters a few days ago to participate in training exercises.
The incident took place during training in the Gulf of Oman, a sensitive waterway that connects to the Strait of Hormuz through which roughly a fifth of the world’s oil passes. Iran regularly conducts exercises in the area.