Iranian Navy Destroyer Capsizes Again After Righting Measures Fail

As this publication reported on July 7th, 2024, the Iranian Navy Destroyer Sahand, a Moudge-class-frigate in the Southern Fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, capsized. The incident occurred at Iran Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Complex Co, 35 km west of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province, Iran. Two Iranian Navy officers were reported to have been killed and several others injured as well.

Over the last forty-eight hours, righting measures were implemented to ballast and save the vessel. Specifically, the ship was lashed to adjacent vessels. However, according to local Iranian media, the Sahand broke free of her lashings after the ropes failed and is now capsized again. The report from Nour News reads below:

“The Sahand ship, which had been pulled out of the water with great difficulty yesterday and returned to a state of balance, went back under the water when the harness wire that held the ship was torn.”

Iranian Navy Destroyer Sahand capsized with crew members standing on the exposed hull. Credit: Nour News.

It is not currently clear if anyone was injured in this incident. This is developing.