Iranian Frigate Jamaran was conducting tests of a new anti-ship missile which mistakenly locked onto and hit the nearby Iranian naval support vessel Konarak, reports local media.
The Iranian Navy have reported that 19 sailors have died and 15 others were injured in the tragic incident near the Straits of Hormuz.
The damage can be seen in the below image.
Islamic Republic of #Iran’s Navy confirmed on Monday that 19 servicemen have been martyred and 15 others injured in an incident involving a military vessel in the country’s southern watershttps://t.co/BJsJpo6jIi pic.twitter.com/AWAqdoCSAw
— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) May 11, 2020
“The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” said state television online.
The Jamaran (pictured at the top of this article) is lead ship of the Moudge class frigates launched in early 2010. Iran said that the design and building of Jamaran was among the greatest achievements of the Iranian Navy and that the ship’s launch marked a major technological leap for Iran’s naval industries.
The Konorak is pictured below.
The Konorak is a Hendijan class support vessel, is 47 meters long and was built in the Netherlands. The ship has been in service since 1988 and has missile launch capability.