IRS Sahand (F 74)

Faramarz underway in 1977. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1968
Launched
1969
Commissioned
1972
AD/BC
AD
History

ITS Faramarz (DE 74) was ordered from British shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft in 1960 by Iran. Launched in 1968, a fire during her fitting out in 1970 delayed her completion until 1972. Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Faramarz was renamed IRS Sahand and re-designated as a frigate in 1985. Sahand continued in service until 18 April, 1988, when she was attacked by US Navy units in the Strait of Hormuz during retaliatory strikes for an Iranian mine damaging a US frigate. She was hit first by two Harpoon missiles and laser guided missiles and bombs from A-6 Intruder strike aircraft, and then finished off with a Harpoon from the USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16). Sahand was left to burn until the fire detonated her magazine, sinking the ship in approximately 660 feet of water.

Bonus Photos

Sahand on fire after multiple hits on 18 April, 1988. Note the dislodged turret forward. US Navy photo.