The KNM Helge Ingstad crashed into an oil tanker and sank after NATO’s largest military drills in Norway, leaving a huge gap in the Norwegian Navy’s defence capability and a $600 million dent in the state coffers as well as becoming a major stain on its reputation.
The Norwegian Navy has come under harsh criticism as the Accident Investigation Board in its second report on the collision concluded that the embarrassing loss of the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate could have been avoided.
The report noted that the navy failed provide the crew with a “good enough understanding to be able to handle the scenario they found themselves in on the night of the accident”.
According to the report, a timely shutdown could have hindered the capsizing.
“We’re talking about a military vessel that’s meant to tolerate a gash in its hull and damage from water pouring in. We must be able to expect that such a ship can be damaged but still function in a war operation”, Liseth ventured.
Instead, the ship was evacuated with doors and hatches left open as the crew considered that the intake of water was so extensive that the ship would be lost anyway. However, both the commission and a separate investigation by the Defence Ministry concluded that it remained theoretically possible to operate its machinery, which reflects a lack of adequate training. “They didn’t understand that various systems were still functioning”, Kristian Haugnes of the commission said.
At the same time, the commission concluded…