“You sunk my battleship!” the Ayatollah screamed on Wednesday. Things aren’t going real well in Iran these days. Heads will literally be rolling after the “largest warship in the Iranian Navy” went up in a blaze of glory, then sank in the Gulf of Oman. Details are sketchy in this breaking story as to exactly what happened.
Iran loses huge asset
Iran is scrambling to cover their assets after the 207-meter (679-foot) Kharg sank. Experts are trying to figure out if it was an accident, incompetence, sabotage, or an attack from outside forces. What is known is that this incident is “the latest calamity to strike one of the country’s vessels in recent years amid tensions with the West.” Around 2:25 a.m. the fire alarm went off. Firefighters reportedly “tried to contain it but their efforts failed.”
Leadership in Iran isn’t saying much but it’s widely known that the Kharg was “used to resupply other ships in the fleet at sea and conduct training exercises.” At the time of the calamity, “400 sailors and trainee cadets” were on board, 33 were injured.
Salvage crews will be working “near the Iranian port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz.” That’s where the vessel sank, right in “the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.”
Photos popped up instantly on Social Media in Iran showing “sailors wearing life jackets evacuating the vessel as a fire burned behind them.” The thick, black smoke could be seen rising from the ship in other images.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration can see the fire from space and report that they “detected a blaze near Jask that started just before the time of the fire reported by Fars.”
Officials in Iran assert that they already started an investigation and they’ll tell everyone what they want them to hear when they figure it out. Nobody is connecting any dots with the “series of mysterious explosions that began in 2019 targeting commercial ships in the Gulf of Oman.”
Uncle Sam pointed the finger at the Iranian Navy for using “limpet mines, timed explosives typically attached by divers to a vessel’s hull.” They might have accidentally mined their own ship in one of those “ID-Ten-T” code “training errors.” Oops.
Of course, Iran denied the charges despite “U.S. Navy footage showed Revolutionary Guard members removing one unexploded limpet mine from a ship.” There is a huge chance that Israel and the IDF is behind this well targeted accident.
Back in April “an Iranian ship called the MV Saviz believed to be a Guard base and anchored for years in the Red Sea off Yemen was targeted in an attack suspected to have been carried out by Israel.”
On official state TV in Iran, “semiofficial news agencies” call the Kharg a “training ship.” They note that the “vessel often hosted cadets from the Imam Khomeini Naval University.” One of the biggest problems is that their gear is getting old.
The Kharg dates back to before the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Just last week, “a malfunction in the ejector seats of an Iranian F-5 dating back to before the revolution killed two pilots while the aircraft was parked in a hangar.” Too bad that video didn’t make it onto YouTube.