Iran holds funeral procession for 19 victims of naval exercise incident

Press TV – A funeral procession has been held for 19 sailors who lost their lives in a recent incident involving the Iranian Navy’s Konarak logistical vessel in the country’s southern waters.

The ceremony was held in the southwestern port city of Chabahar on Tuesday, with military top brass and a number of senior state officials in attendance, while observing the social distancing rules in force to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

Fifteen others were also injured in the accident that happened on Sunday, when a number of Navy vessels were conducting an exercise near the waters lying close to Jask and Chabahar ports that respectively belong to neighboring provinces of Hormozgan, and Sistan and Baluchestan.

The Navy’s Public Relations’ Department said in a statement on Monday that teams of experts have been dispatched to the site for an investigation, and that there should be no speculation about the accident before the results of the probe are out.

Iran regularly holds exercises in the Gulf of Oman, which is close to the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which 20 percent of the world’s oil trade passes.