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SHIP NAME: Azarpad KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 4
source LMIU
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Struck by missile, on fire Aug 12 1986 off Sirri Island during Iran-Iraq hostilities, beached, fire extinguished Aug 14. 14 missing, two dead


source HOOKE
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16 men were reported to have been killed on the 233,788 dwt Iranian steam tanker on August 12, 1986, in what was, to that date, the most devastating Iraqi attack on the vital Iranian crude oil exporting trade when Iraqi jets fired missiles into 3 huge tankers moored at Sirri Island in the southern Gulf. Two Exocets struck the Azarpad shortly after she had berthed after arriving from Kharg Island fully loaded with crude oil after her shuttle run. One missile hit her deck near the bridge and the other struck No 1 crude storage tank, causing a violent explosion and fire. There were five big explosions in total, causing so much damage to the Azarpad that she broke her back, having to be beached to prevent her from sinking. Palls of thick, black smoke rose from the wrecked tanker, which was enveloped in sheets of flame from end to end. There were 18 survivors from the 34 man crew. The 16 who died, including two British officers, were believed to have suffocated when they were trapped below deck by the fire and smoke.


source NAVIAS
type A
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On 12 August the operation was launched with four low flying Mirage F1's, apparently supported by MIG 23 air-refuelling aircraft and other Mirages with buddy air-refuelling pods. It was a devastating raid which hit three tankers with four missiles. Two struck the Azarapad which was berthed and loading. Sixteen of the Azarpad's crew died.


source CTX
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dead 16
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Navias claims the weapons were AS-30L missiles, not Exocets. They also claim the ship was loading, when clearly she was not.