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Tanker collides with Norwegian frigate

09 November 2018

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad has been seriously damaged in a collision with the Maltese-registered tanker Sola TS close to Bergen, Norway, on 8 November, the Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) has confirmed.

The Norwegian frigate KNM 
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         takes on water after a collision with the Maltese-flagged tanker 
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         on 8 November 2018 in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway. (Marit Hommedal/AFP/Getty Images)The Norwegian frigate KNM %3CI%3EHelge Ingstad%3C/I%3E takes on water after a collision with the Maltese-flagged tanker %3CI%3ESola TS%3C/I%3E on 8 November 2018 in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway. (Marit Hommedal/AFP/Getty Images)

The collision occurred at 0426 h local time in the Hjeltefjord, north of Sotra, the NJHQ said in a statement on 8 November.

Helge Ingstad took on water and all 137 personnel were evacuated, according to the statement, which added that eight suffered minor injuries.

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.

The Norwegian Armed Forces are leading the recovery operation in close co-operation with the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

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). The Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will also participate in the investigation, the AIBN added.

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