A “friendly fire” incident involving two Iranian vessels killed 19 sailors and wounded 15 others.
According to Iranian state media, frigate Jamaran tested a new anti-ship missile that hit the light support ship Komarak on Sunday in the Gulf of Oman. The sailors were killed during a training exercise near the State of Hormuz near the port of Jask, some 1,270km (790 miles) south-east of Tehran, in the Gulf of Oman
Iranian state TV reported on its website that 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.
“The vessel was hit after moving a practice target to its destination and not creating enough distance between itself and the target,”
Jamaran and Konarak belonged to the naval forces of the Iranian army.
President Donald Trump had announced that he had sent orders for the Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian gunboats found to be doing wrong with US ships. BOL News reported on 22nd April.
Donald Trump had said in a tweet, “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,”
Donald Trump had not referred to any specific incident in his tweet. No comments have been given from the White House.