Iranian Navy Accidentally Sinks One Of Its Own Warships During Training Exercise: 19 Dead

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An Iranian vessel was accidentally shot upon and sank in the Gulf of Oman during a training exercise with another Iranian warship.

According to the Daily Mail, the Jamaran, a frigate, was firing upon targets that had been placed in the water by the Konarak, a support ship, when the ship’s tracking system locked to the support ship instead of the target.

Nineteen people were killed during the incident and 15 others were injured and taken to a hospital. The individuals are reportedly in “good condition.”

From the report:

Iranian media denied earlier reports that the Konarak had sunk, saying the vessel was towed away for inspection afterwards.

The Konarak had been overhauled in 2018 and was able to launch sea and anti-ship missiles but was not actively participating in the drill, state outlets said.

The Dutch-made, 155ft vessel was in service since 1988 and had capacity of 40 tons.

The friendly fire incident happened on Sunday near the port of Jask, some 790 miles southeast of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman, state TV said.

It comes after Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane as it was taking off from Tehran airport earlier this year, killing all 176 on board.

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