Head of Royal Norwegian Navy: Eight crew injured when vessel became unstable

10 November, 2018, 14:35 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Norway's military says the 127-man crew on a Navy frigate has been evacuated after the ship was rammed by a Malta-flagged tanker while docked in a Norwegian harbour.

The frigate, built in Spain in 2009, has a helipad platform on its stern.

One said: "The situation is going bad to worse for Norwegian frigate #HelgeIngstad".

Comment: Again, laden massive cargo ship collided with Navy frigate, similar to accidents which occurred with USA Nay frigates in Japan and off Singapore, recently.

He said the frigate had been pushed by towboats into shallow water where it could not sink fully.

"The frigate lost steering control and drove onto land with 137 people onboard", Eirik Valle of the Norwegian Coastguard told NRK.

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The defence expert believes the weapons-carrying vessel and heavily loaded oil tanker had "huge luck".

The 62,000-tonne tanker sustained only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal.

The Sture terminal has a capacity to store one million cubic meters of crude oil and 60,000 cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gas in rock chambers.

He would not confirm further details as reported by a Norwegian defence and security website, which broke the news that the two vessels could see each other and followed communication protocols on an open channel. The warship was launched in November 2007. It was NATO's largest exercise in decades, involving 50,000 troops, 10,000 combat vehicles, 65 vessels, and 250 aircraft. Norway has grown increasingly nervous about neighboring Russian Federation since it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

To help ensure that "sensitive areas" like hospitals, schools and drinking water sites aren't affected during the exercise, Norway printed 1.6 million maps for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops to use.

The exercise area encompasses large areas of land, sea and air space - with naval operations stretching along the Norwegian coast and down to Scotland.

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