The statement reported by Tasnim News Agency said the vessel had left for a "training mission" in global waters days ago. [Asriran.com via AP] The vessel was built in Britain and launched shortly before Iran's 1979 Revolution and entered the Iranian navy in 1984 after several years of negotiations. The Kharg - sometimes spelled "Khark" - was one of Navy's few ships capable of replenishing other ships at sea.
The Kharg - described by State TV and the semiofficial news agencies as a "training ship" - can lift heavy cargo and serve as a launch point for helicopters.More news: Teen Shoves Bear off Wall To Save Her Dogs in Viral Video
The port city of Jask, near which the Kharg went down, lies close to the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic chokepoint at the head of the Gulf through which a fifth of world oil output passes.
A large Iranian navy ship has sunk after catching fi, e in the Gulf of Oman during a training mission, state news agencies say, the BBC reports. No further explanation has been given for the latest incident in the region of sensitive waterways, though there have been accusations of attacks on ships owned by arch-enemies Iran and Israel there in the past. The U.S. Navy later accused Iran of targeting the ships with limpet mines, timed explosives typically attached by divers to a vessel's hull.
Iran denied targeting the vessels, though U.S. Navy footage showed Revolutionary Guard members removing one unexploded limpet mine from a vessel.More news: FM Qureshi lauds launch of open-ended United Nations probe into Palestine violence
The incidents came amid heightened tensions between the USA and Iran after then-president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
In April, Tehran said its freighter Saviz was hit by an "explosion" in the Red Sea, after media reports said Israel had struck the ship. It escalated a yearslong shadow war in Mideast waters between the two countries.
Tehran offered no cause for the fire, however the ship's loss marks the latest in a string of naval disasters for Iran going back to 2018 when an Iranian navy destroyer sank in the Caspian Sea.More news: Ford pens letter to doctors and educators asking whether schools should reopen
Last year, an Iranian warship was hit by friendly fire during a naval exercise off Jask, killing the 19 sailors onboard.