first published on November 9, 2018 by Will
The frigate, Helge Ingstad, is an Aegis combat system equipped vessel. It reportedly struck an oil tanker and began sinking. In an attempt to save her, the captain ordered the crew to ram the shoreline near the entry of a fjord.
In regards to the frigate’s collision with the frigate, Eirik Walle, of Norway’s rescue centre, told Norwegian news agency NTB, “…it is taking in more water than they can pump out. There is no control over the leak and the stern is heavily in the sea.”
Oh jeez, daylight photo by Eirik Brekke shows extent of damage to the Norwegian Aegis frigate #HelgeIngstad after collision with oil tanker #Sola, in fjord north of Bergen. She was returning from #TridentJuncture2018. Was driven aground to prevent sinking. pic.twitter.com/x58huixr3w
— Timothy Choi (@TimDotChoi) November 8, 2018
Seven crew members were injured when the ship ran aground, and the entire crew has since been evacuated. Tug boat crews were working to keep the vessel from totally capsizing.
The accident is extremely costly for Norway, considering they only have five frigates, and only two of which are now currently operational.