The 392,799 dwt Turkish steam tanker M. Vatan
was on a southbound passage loaded with 382,000 tons of curdue
when she was attacked by an Iraqi warplane
about 120 mi S of Kharg Is in lat 27.32N, long 51.20E
at 6.45 am on July 9, 1985.
The Exocet missile struck and penetrated
an empty starboard side bunker tank,
resulting in a massive explosion and fire,
but none of the 39 Turkish crew were injured.
Oil then begain to leak from ruptured tanks.
The crew abandoned ship,
being safely picked up from their lifeboats by tugs,
as a pall of thick black smoke poured from the stricken tanker.
They found that the missile had ripped a hole 10 m by 6
above the waterline on the starboard side,
causing extensive damage to a slop tank.
The fire had also spread to the accommodation area,
which was seriously damaged.
After discharging her cargo at Sirri Island,
the M. Vatan was declared a CTL.