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The Norwegian frigate 'Helge Ingstad' has sunk!

The damaged frigate HNoMS “Helge Ingstad” has sunk, according to Norwegian media in literally last minute reports. The ultra-modern warship collided with a 250-metre-long tanker on the night of 8 November and, taking on water, was deposited on the rocks near Hjeltefjord. The ship, set on the rocks, was secured against sinking into the depths
Published: November 13, 2018 - 13:37
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 17:28
The Norwegian frigate ‘Helge Ingstad’ has sunk!

The damaged frigate HNoMS “Helge Ingstad” has sunk, according to Norwegian media in literally last minute reports. The ultra-modern warship collided with a 250-metre-long tanker on the night of 8 November and, taking on water, was deposited on the rocks near Hjeltefjord.

The ship, set on the rocks, was secured against sinking into the depths by a few steel cables. However, they were broken and the tilted vessel began to take on even more water, only to disappear beneath the surface of the sea.

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This is a real disaster. The over 130-metre frigate HNoMS “Helge Ingstad”, was launched just 11 years ago, on 23 November 2007. In addition to fuel, the extremely modern ship also carried armaments that have not yet been recovered. We can therefore be sure that the wreck will be put under special protection until all the dangerous elements have been removed.

UPDATE – Norwegian Defence Forces now confirm that several of the securing wires, which held the vessel in place, have been torn, and HNoMS Helge Ingstad has now effectively sunk! Via Corporal Frisk on Twitter.

Published by Naval Analyses Tuesday 13 November 2018

For the time being, it is unclear what will happen next with the unit. It has already been said that due to the high degree of automation, replacing flooded systems will be uneconomic and the unit may be decommissioned.

The question is whether the Norwegian navy will leave the world’s most modern wreck on the seabed?

Source: bt.no

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