Iran’s largest naval ship, the Kharg supply support ship, caught fire in the Gulf of Oman on the 2nd and subsequently sank, AP reported on Sunday. The Iranian side did not disclose the cause of the sinking.
The report quoted Iranian state television as saying that the fire started at around 2:25 a.m. and firefighters tried to control it, and that the warship sank near the Iranian port of Jask. Jask is located about 1270 kilometers southeast of the capital Tehran on the coast of the Gulf of Oman, near the Homuz Strait. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The “Hagar” is a tanker converted into a supply ship, and is the largest warship in the Iranian Navy, with a full load displacement of 33544 tons. “The Hagar is one of the few ships in the Iranian Navy that can supply other ships at sea and is named after Hagar Island, Iran’s main oil terminal.
The ship was ordered from Britain during Iran’s Pahlavi dynasty and launched in 1977. Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, there were lengthy negotiations between the British and Iranians over the ownership of the ship, which was subsequently incorporated into the Iranian Navy in 1984 and renamed HMS Hagar.