Iranian Khark logistic vessel drowned in Persian Gulf + Video
ISWNews Analysis Group: Efforts by rescue workers to contain the fire on Khark logistic vessel were unsuccessful, and the ship sank off the coast of Jask port after four decades of operation.
The naval training support vessel, which had set sail for a training mission in the high seas a few days earlier, caught fire on Tuesday near the port of Jask, but all the crew disembarked safely and were taken ashore.
The cause of the Khark ship fire was announced a technical defect in the boiler, which despite more than 20 hours of rescue efforts, was unsuccessful and eventually the ship sank in the shallow waters of Jask port.
The “Khark” logistic vessel belonged to the Navy of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was built by the order of the Pahlavi regime and by the British Swan Hunter company in the United Kingdom. It was delivered to Iran in 1984 with the pursuit of the Navy of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Khark was the second largest naval vessel in Iran and West Asia after Makran forward-base ship, which had the ability to support, train and supply. On 22 February 2011, the Khark logistic vessel, along with the Alvand frigate, crossed the Suez Canal for the first time since the Iran revolution to participate in a military drill in Syrian coast.