Norway press reported US Navy Officer was onboard Norwegian KNM Helge Ingstad frigate worthed 420 million dollars when collision with Malta tanker Sola on the west coast of Norway and sunk on November 8
At that time, the US officer ordered the destroyer KNM Helge Ingstad under the training program and the Human Resources Exchange (PEP) program.
Commander of the Navy 6 USN, Kyle Raines was also official information: “On the boat, KNM Helge Ingstad of Norway when the collision occurred, with an officer in the US Navy’s busy Human Resources Exchange (PEP) program with Norway and is part of the crew of this vessel. Due to military information, we can not announce the name of the officer. “
AnnKristin Salbuvik, spokesman for Norway’s Ministry of Defense, has also confirmed that an American civil servant sank Helge Ingstad as part of an exchange program between the two fleets.
Initial investigations as well as maritime warning data showed that the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate, before the collision, received some warning of tankers as well as maritime coordination in the area. Ask the destroyer to lead or take action immediately. However, KNM Helge Ingstad did nothing. All communications are reported in Norwegian, despite having US officers aboard.
“The oil tankers north have contacted the destroyers in the south to ask if they intend to pass them safely. We seem to be in a collision,” said Kjetil Stormark. , editor-in-chief at AldriMer.no, told the BBC in an interview. The answer is: “We have control over everything.”
Norwegian officials have repeatedly refused to provide further details of the accident. The navy communications officer Torill Herland told CNN that everything that happened in the accident near Bergen was “the work of the investigative body”.
Both Norway and Malta also investigate the cause of KMN Helge Ingstad frigate collision, the $ 420 million destroyer, equals almost all the annual Norwegian naval budgets.
General General Pape of Norway said: “The rescue, repairs and return of the combat status of the ship can cost hundreds of millions of dollars, which is close to the price of a new ship. A ship in the next 20 years can fight, the Norwegian fleet can weaken significantly. “
KNM Helge Ingstad Destroyer Frigate Class or Frigate Fridtjof Nansen was launched in 2007 and officially served in 2009. The vessel has a tonnage of 5.290 tons, 134m long, speed up to 45km / h, service radius 8.300km. Arms on the ship are quite strong, including four vertical loaders with 8 Mk41 VLS. 4 anti-ship missile launchers, 4 torpedo launchers, 1 76mm OTO Melara Super Rapid Gun, 4 x 12.7mm Browning M2HB HMGs