A Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) reportedly failed to launch from the German air defense frigate FGS Sachsen, as the rocket booster burned out while the missile was still inside its canister.
The German Navy said that the crew’s quick reaction brought the situation under control. Footage of the explosion and subsequent fire has been posted on-line.
Luckily, there were no serious injuries to the sailors on board the vessel, but the ship itself has suffered significant damage, according to a task group commander.
The incident occurred in a Norwegian exercise range off the coast of Norway. Reasons for the incident remain unknown.
ABC Flash Point Naval News 2018.