As the old Marine Corps saying goes: Friendly fire isn’t.
Iran’s naval branch of their armed forces is finding out just how nasty friendly fire really is.
As reported by London’s The Daily Mail;
An Iranian warship has accidentally opened fire on one of its own support vessels during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman, killing 19 and leaving 15 injured.
The Jamaran, a frigate, had been attempting to hit a target with one of its Noor cruise missiles when it accidentally struck a support ship named Konarak instead.
The Konarak had been placing targets for the Janaran to hit but remained too close to one of them causing the missile to lock on to it by mistake, state-run media said.
But in all fairness to the Revolutionary Islamic Republic of Iran, life in their neck of the woods is rather cheap.
As noted back in 1984 by The New York Times (emphasis mine);
HEIR TICKET TO PARADISE is the blood-red headband and the small metal key that they wear into battle. ”Sar Allah,” (”Warriors of God”), some of the headbands read in Farsi script, identifying the wearers as divinely designated martyrs who will use their keys to go directly to heaven if killed in the holy war against Iraq declared by their leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The headbands and the keys are worn by young boys, aged 12 to 17, who are recruited by local clergy or simply rounded up in the villages of Iran, given an intensive indoctrination in the Shiite tradition of martyrdom, and then sent weaponless into battle against Iraqi armor.
Often bound together in groups of 20 by ropes to prevent the fainthearted from deserting, they hurl themselves on barbed wire or march into Iraqi mine fields in the face of withering machine-gun fire to clear the way for Iranian tanks.
Across the back of their khaki-colored shirts is stenciled the slogan: ”I have the special permission of the Imam to enter heaven.”