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Norwegian Warship Could Sink After Being Rammed By Freighter

Norwegian Warship Could Sink After Being Rammed By Freighter

The navy vessel is one of five Fridtjof Nansen-class Norwegian frigates.

The Navy quickly evacuated all the crew except for 10 essential staff members to prevent a possible fuel leak.

The tanker, with 23 crew, suffered damage well above the waterline.

According to reports from the rescue crews, seven people have been lightly injured in the collision, and there has been no oil spilled from the tanker, which suffered a lot less damage than the frigate, which was returning from a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military drill.

The incident was reported to the Accident Investigation Board (AIBN), which said on its website that it would conduct an investigation in collaboration with the Defence Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN).

He said: "It is taking in more water than they can pump out".

The 62,000-tonne tanker sustained only slight damage and is waiting to be towed to a nearby oil terminal. "The frigate moved to an inshore location and was listing heavily at 11:30am, amidst emergency efforts to prevent the vessel from sinking".

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The frigate was lying in the water nearly on its side with its stern under the water.

A source told AFP news agency a "small oil slick" was detected from the warship and that "it took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is".

Johan Marius Ly of the Norwegian Coast Guard said the 442ft frigate, which had recently taken part in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture, was listing, adding: "We have been told that there is a leak from the frigate". Efforts are being made now to prevent the warship, "Helge Ingstad" from sinking.

"The armed forces are now reviewing all the means available in the region to assist the KNM Helge Ingstad", navy Lt. Col. Ivar Moen said.

The frigate was part of NATO's Standing Naval Maritime Group 1 (SNMG 1), which participated in the live portion of Exercise "Trident Juncture 2018", which ended on 7 November.

He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.