A warship collided with an oil tanker and a tug in Norwegian waters at around 0426 local time on Thursday, November 8th
The Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen Class Frigate HNoMS HELGE INGSTAD F 313 had just completed her participation in the ongoing NATO led Trident Juncture military exercise when she collided with the 2017 built MLT flag crude oil tanker SOLA TS and the 2006 built Norwegian tug TENAX in Hjeltefjorden.
The frigate started taking in water after colliding with the two other vessels but was later declared out of danger of sinking. She was intentionally beached in an effort to prevent the ship from sinking. However, on 13 November, the ship sank where she had been run aground. Her entire crew of 137 have been evacuated. Seven sailors were injured in the incident and by late morning she had developed a severe list to starboard with most of the stern submerged. In the early hours of 13th November, the frigate sank with only smaller sections of the superstructure remaining above water.
This is the first incident of such scale in the Royal Norwegian Navy since 1994, when HNoMS OSLO F 300 was lost after she ran aground
Below images are of the frigate entering Devonport, UK back to 27th July, 2017 –
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