The Royal Norwegian Navy Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate, HNoMS Helge Ingstad (F313) has sunk further into the water as the mooring wires which held the ship to the shore were snapped, according to local reports.
A video taken from a surveillance aircraft of the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) showed the frigate with only its radar mast and parts of its stern over the water surface. According to reports, several mooring wires which held the ship to the shore to prevent further sinking have snapped.
The frigate was involved in a collision with a crude oil tanker, Sola TS, in the Hjeltefjord in Sture, north of Bergen, Norway at 4 a.m. local time on Nov. 8.
Seven people were lightly injured in the collision and the entire warship crew of 137 was evacuated shortly after the crash as the ship began to sink. Sola TS, a Maltese-flagged 62,000-ton oil tanker, did not had any significant damages.
Helge Ingstad recently took part in the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture, a NATO-led military exercise held in Norway from last month with an Article 5 collective defence scenario. The frigate was also part of Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1), one of NATO’s standing naval maritime immediate reaction forces.
HNoMS Helge Ingstad is the fourth Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate of the Royal Norwegian Navy and was named after the Norwegian explorer, Helge Marcus Ingstad.
The 5,290 ton Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates are the main surface combatant units of Norway and are one of the few non-U.S. Navy ship classes incorporated with Lockheed Martin’s AEGIS combat system.