Norwegian Aegis Frigate Struck by Oil Tanker Sinks

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On November 8, a Norwegian Aegis-equipped Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate collided with an oil tanker flagged from Malta after completing exercises as a part of the Trident Juncture wargames. The ship was intentionally run aground to prevent it from sinking after it sustained significant damage to its starboard side above and below water. Tugboats are attempting to secure the ship against the shore until a salvage operation can be mounted. Eight members of the frigate’s crew were non-critically injured. All crew members evacuated the ship shortly after grounding.

On November 13, several of the wires being used to tether the ship to shore snapped under the strain, allowing the ship to become submerged up to its radar mast. The ship is now stabilized on a shoal. A U.S. Navy officer who was aboard the frigate as a part of a naval exchange at the time of the accident was not injured in the collision. The officer’s name and role on the ship have not been disclosed. Alex Pape of Jane’s Fighting Ships estimates that the cost to salvage and restore the ship to seaworthy condition may fall in the hundreds of millions of dollars, approaching or equaling that of a new construction.

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Jenevieve Molenda, "Norwegian Aegis Frigate Struck by Oil Tanker Sinks," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 19, 2018, last modified November 19, 2018,