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Large Iranian naval ship goes down in Gulf of Oman after catching fire

Smoke rises from the Iranian naval support ship Kharg in Gulf of Oman off southern Iran on Wednesday. Photo by Iran State TV IRIB/EPA-EFE
Smoke rises from the Iranian naval support ship Kharg in Gulf of Oman off southern Iran on Wednesday. Photo by Iran State TV IRIB/EPA-EFE

June 2 (UPI) -- A large Iranian naval vessel caught fire and sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman, officials said.

The ship went down near the Port of Jask in the gulf, off the southern coast of Iran.

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The logistical ship, called the Kharg, had been part of the Iranian military since 1984. It was named after Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf.

Military officials said emergency crews fought the fire for several hours but were unable to put it out. No serious injuries or deaths were reported.

About 400 crew members were aboard the ship when the fire started, and officials said about 20 received minor injuries.

A naval official said the fire started in the engine room.

Tehran had used the ship for training and logistical purposes. It was the second-largest logistical vessel in the region.

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