HNoMS Helge Ingstad was involved in a collision with the oil tanker Sola TS in Norwegian waters around 04:00 in the morning on Thursday 8 November 2018. The accident happened while sailing inner fjords for navigation training.
Due to the damage to the frigate it was moved to a safe place and the crew was evacuated in a professional manner. There are no reports of damages or leaks from the oil tanker and no report of serious injuries. However, eight crew members were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The Norwegian Armed Forces are working with the Norwegian Coastal Authority to take care of the situation. The Norwegian frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad is part of the Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1). The ships were sailing in and around the fjords, following their participation in exercise Trident Juncture 2018, which ended on 7 November.
Media can contact the Norwegian Navy for more information:
Head of Communications, Commander Senior Grade Torill Herland
Mobile phone: +47 474 75 749 or e-mail: email@example.com