A frigate involved in military maneuvers sustained “friendly fire” as a target-seeking missile launched from a nearby destroyer slammed into its stern instead of striking the dummy “target” — or rather as it turns out, the ship had just towed out to sea.
And now new video has been released showing the immediate aftermath of the accidental missile strike. The Iranian government has confirmed the authenticity of the below video released by IRIB News and Mehr News.
A support ship named Konarak was placing targets for other ships to use for the exercise when the missile, a C-802 Noor, made a direct hit on the vessel.
Images show the vessel’s entire upper structure obliterated by the inadvertent strike.
The launching warship is said to have been the Moudge class frigate Jamaran. The ship, which was put into service just a decade ago, is one of Iran’s most advanced surface combatants and packs a quartet of C-802 Noors, which is a derivative of the very common YJ-83 Chinese radar-guided anti-ship missiles with a range of roughly 65 miles.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif acknowledged the accident in a statement of regret and condolence, while a funeral procession and ceremony for the slain sailors was held in the southwestern port city of Chabahar on Tuesday.