NATO’s Trident Juncture Drill has taken another toll, after a top of the line Norwegian Frigate, that collided with an Oil Tanker, runs aground to prevent it from sinking.
The crew of 137 were all evacuated from “KNM Helge Ingstad” the Joint Rescue Coordination Center of Southern Norway informs. Eight of the crew members got minor injuries, but are all safe.
The frigate is taking on lots of water, nearly capsizing, and was for long in danger of sinking.
Weather in the area is good and the frigate is on ground just by the shore. Like other naval vessels on duty, the frigate carry weapons, like missiles, torpedoes and depth charges.
The Aframax tanker “Sola TS”, is not in danger and no oil-spill is reported from the tanker. There are some 625,000 barrels of crude oil on board.
It was just after 4 am Norwegian time in the morning when the collision happened as the frigate was en route back to Haakonsvern naval base near Bergen after participating in the NATO exercise Trident Juncture. The exercise ended on November 7th. At the time of collision, it was still dark.
“KNM Helge Ingstad” (F313) is one of the Norwegian navy’s five frigates of the Fridtjof Nansen class. The warship was launched in November 2007. The 134 meter long vessel is 5,290 tons with full load.
The damaged warship is named after the famous Norwegian Arctic explorer, like the other four frigates in the Norwegian navy.
Russia Insider / ABC Flash Point News 2018.