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Участник натовских учений норвежский фрегат Helge Ingstad затонул в результате столкновения с танкером Sola TS
The Finnish premier on Sunday told Yle that large-scale GPS signal disruptions over northern Finland during Nato exercises earlier this week were intentional.
Sipilä said it’s highly probable that Russia was behind the signal blocking that occurred during military exercises.
Norwegian frigate slips below water despite salvage effort
The Forsvaret's decision to hire BOA, over competitor Ardent Global Marine Services, to lead the salvage operation has come under scrutiny, as well. Ardent Global says it made an offer, but that it was rejected for being too expensive, according to Norwegian outlet AldriMer.no. Another nearby firm, Sotra Anchor & Chain, has criticized the decision to use wires instead of chains to secure the frigate to the shore, saying that the latter is the international standard for holding large ships in place after an accident.
The recording does not include anyone on board Helge Ingstad saying "we have everything under control," as had been previously reported. It is very possible that the two ships and the maritime traffic controllers are using more than one radio to communicate and we don't have the full extent of the discussions between the various parties. AldriMer.no noted that there are long pauses in the publicly available audio and a general lack of communication from Fedje VTS, which seem odd given the concerns about an imminent collision.
We know that the AIS tracking of Helge Ingstad was turned of only until after the accident. Also, until the 47th second of the video (0:54) the unknown ship doesn’t have a speed vector on the radar. Only then, it appears at 0.0 knots, gradually shifting up to 17.4 knots by 1:30. The unknown ship was clearly not accelerating — it was already moving before the speed vector appeared — only that its speed became fully visible in the radar within these 36 seconds (probably a stealth navigating feature turned off).
Norwegian news outlet VG has published the radar images and the audio log of the collision. The frigate KNM Helge Ingstad is steering towards Sola TS oil tanker at full speed, despite repeated warnings that a collision was imminent. Let’s inspect the timeline and try to understand how this accident happened. Here’s an English translation of what happened.
November 21, 2018
Norwegian media were reporting Wednesday morning that a US naval officer was on the bridge of the doomed Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad when it collided with a tanker off Norway’s West Coast two weeks ago.
DN reported that the American officer was learning how to become a vaktsjef (duty chief) on the bridge when the collision occurred shortly after 4am.
As DN noted, all the communication was conducted in Norwegian, even though an American officer was on the bridge. She was reportedly under the leadership of a Norwegian officer.
The case also is subject to diplomatic channels. “This involves a foreign citizen, and then we have to seek permission to conduct questioning,” Herland told DN.
It’s earlier been reported that the state accident investigation board has sent a letter to US officials at NATO, but its contents were not disclosed.