Iran Test Fires New Missle, Hits Own Ship
Iranian state media reported that a new anti-ship missile being tested by the frigate Jamaran hit the light support ship Konarak on Sunday in the Gulf of Oman.
The accident happened during a training exercise near the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran’s armed forces regularly hold exercises in the strategic waterway.
The “Konarak vessel was struck with a missile yesterday [Sunday] afternoon during a military exercise in the waters of Bandar-e Jask” off Iran’s south coast, state TV said on its website.
“The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,” it added.
The incident happened near the port of Jask, some 1,270km (790 miles) south-east of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman, state TV said.
The Jamaran and Konarak are said to belong to naval forces of the Iranian military.
Aside from the loss of life, it is yet another incident of the Iranian military’s scary streak of incompetence. Back in January Iran spent several days obviously lying and trying to cover up their shooting down of a Ukrainian Airliner. With the Strait of Hormuz being one of the most strategic, and patrolled, waterways in the world, the propensity of something not good happening, intentional or otherwise, remains very high.