Norwegian Navy frigate collides with tanker

The Man

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Norway has evacuated all 137 crew from one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with a Maltese oil tanker.

Eight people were lightly injured in the collision in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen. The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate has been listing dangerously.

The warship had been returning from Nato military exercises. The tanker, the Sola TS, was slightly damaged and it appears that it did not spill oil.

The incident led to the shutdown of a major oil terminal and a gas plant.

What is known about Thursday's incident?

The two vessels collided at about 04:00 local time (03:00 GMT) as the frigate was sailing inner fjords for training, officials say.

The tanker had already left Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude, Reuters news agency reports.

"Due to the damage to the frigate it was moved to a safe place," Nato's Allied Maritime Command said in a statement.

The tanker, which has a crew of 23, returned to port for inspection.

It was not immediately clear what had caused the collision.
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Interesting that the tanker seems to have sustained far less damage from the collision... They don't build warships all that sturdy anymore, do they...
 

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No. They are lighter with more aluminum than steel, to make them faster. They are not armored for gun fights any more since armor doesn't cut it against missiles. A tanker is going to be at least 4-5 times as long and because it needs to contain all that oil, probably it's going to be just as if it were armored. That frigate is lucky they didn't sink.
 
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No. They are lighter with more aluminum than steel, to make them faster. They are not armored for gun fights any more since armor doesn't cut it against missiles. A tanker is going to be at least 4-5 times as long and because it needs to contain all that oil, probably it's going to be just as if it were armored. That frigate is lucky they didn't sink.
At least nobody died, too, unlike in this incident: USS Fitzgerald and MV ACX Crystal collision - Wikipedia

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