Saturday, November 17, 2018

KNM Helge Ingstad: Norwegian Warship, Under NATO Command, Sinks After Collision

With an oil tanker! 
How familiar is this narrative in the past couple of years? 
War ships coming into contact with lumbering transport/merchant ships.  
For no sensible reason at all... Only negligence (stupidity/arrogance) on the part of the military crews.

 USS John McCain:
USS Fitzgerald:

In both previous incidents the ships and their crews were at fault, and responsible for subsequent losses of life.

KNM Helge Ingstad


KNM Helge Ingstad:

A maritime blunder then a ruinous rescue attempt has left a multi-million dollar warship under NATO command almost entirely submerged in a Norwegian fjord.
A large hole was torn into the side of KNM Helge Ingstad when it collided with a Malta-registered oil tanker, Sola TS, in the early hours of November 8. 
The frigate, one of five in the Scandinavian country's navy, had been moving around inner fjords in western Norway for navigation training before it collided with the 250-meter long tanker (820 ft) that was sailing out of an oil terminal. 
Clearly the navigation training was a failure. As was the operation to to move the ship.
While military crew reportedly drove the vessel up on underwater rocks in order to prevent it from sinking, the tanker emerged relatively unscathed. 
But efforts to move the 5,500-ton warship to a safe place went catastrophically wrong this week after cables attached to hold it in place snapped.
Now all that remains above the waterline is the frigate's top, antennas
But efforts to move the 5,500-ton warship to a safe place went catastrophically wrong this week after cables attached to hold it in place snapped. 
Now all that remains above the waterline is the frigate's top, antennas and radar, leading local media to speculate how a ship designed for war failed to avoid a slow-moving 150,000-ton tanker.

I'd suggest the crews of the USS John McCain or USS Fitzgerald could shed some light on how it's possible a ship, highly maneuverable, could fail to avoid a slow moving 150,000 ton tanker?

The images are nothing short of stunning:

KNM Helge Ingstad

 
Sinking Deeper


“KNM Helge Ingstad“ sank deeper in the water during night to Tuesday, photos made public by the Norwegian Defense show.
Tuesday morning, most of the navy ship is under water.

4 comments:

  1. Only explanation for all these destroyed destroyers is...."planned obsolescence"?

    gc

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  2. Malacca registered tanker. Where? Haven't seen hide nor tail of the beast? GPS dithering? Haven't seen hide nor tale of the wobble. Female officers? Really. I smell French navy circa 1800. Got taken down by Nelson et al because all their skills were atrophied.

    I also never trust a bunch of regalists who tried to engineer the Soviet take over of their country circa 1935 despite all the propaganda heavywaterstylee we've had shuvvelled at us since 1945.

    BTW has anyone connected Kursk, 9/11, sunk Russian drydocks and a bent AAW Frigate?

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    1. …no offence meant, Penny, but …
      Four out of five navigators on frigate KNM Helge Ingstad are women
      ( http://freewestmedia.com/2018/11/14/gender-politics-and-knm-helge-ingstad/ )

      May be the ladies were just about to park the frigate? ;)

      J

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