Iranian Army Commander Major General Seyed Abdolrahim Mousavi and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Hossein Salami in separate messages on Monday extended their condolences over the martyrdom of 19 naval forces in a Sunday incident in the Southern waters of the country.
General Mousavi condoled the incident to the Iranian Armed Forces’ Commander-in-Chief (Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei), the martyrs’ family members and all his comrades.
He also wished the highest degrees before the God almighty for the martyrs and patience for their families.
In a separate message, General Salami also expressed the IRGC’s condolences over the incident to the Commander-in-Chief Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Major General Mousavi, the army and families of the martyrs, and wished fast recovery for those wounded in the incident.
Nineteen Iranian navy men were martyred and 15 others injured in a fatal incident for the Iranian Army Navy’s Kenarak support vessel in the country’s waters near the Southern port of Jask in the Sea of Oman on Sunday.
The incident happened during the Iranian Navy drills on Sunday, the public relations office of Bandar Abbas First Naval Zone of the Navy reported early Monday.
The Navy’s public relations also declared in a statement that 19 Navy personnel have been martyred and 15 injured, adding that rescue teams were quickly deployed to the site where they evacuated the wounded.
The Navy said the vessel has been towed to the port for further investigations.
Meantime, Head of Iranshahr University of Medical Sciences Mohammad Mehran Amini Fard said on Monday that 15 other forces who have been injured in the incident have been transferred to Imam Ali (AS) hospital in Chabahar.
He added that 2 of the wounded forces were outpatients, 2 others underwent medical operations and are now kept in the ICU and 11 others are in stable conditions and kept at the hospital.
Kenarak logistical vessel is a Hendijan-class ship purchased from the Netherland during the Pahlavi regime over 4 decades ago. The vessel is armed with a 20mm-caliber cannon and 4 Nour Anti-Ship Cruise missile launchers. The ship is also used for naval surveillance and reconnaissance missions as it has also been equipped with mine-laying capability and drone launchers.
The Iranian Navy transferred its main headquarters from the capital city of Tehran to the port city of Bandar Abbas, on the shores of the Persian Gulf waters, in November.
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Khanzadi inaugurated the new headquarters in Bandar Abbas in November.