Norway Sank Its Own Frigate

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Following a collision with a civilian vessel on Nov. 8, the captain of the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad made the brilliant decision to deliberately run the vessel aground to prevent the warship, among the most capable in the NATO fleet, from sinking outright.

Five days later, the Helge Ingstad is now almost completely submerged, effectively ruining the Norwegian military’s chances of salvaging the frigate’s systems.

Here are the details, courtesy of Naval Today:

In an update on Monday, the navy said the frigate had been firmly secured to land with steel wires. A total of seven fixing points welded onto the frigate’s hull were fixed to anchors on land.

The navy further said plans for salvaging the frigate had been underway as anchor handling vessel Scandi Vega investigated the conditions of the sea bottom and a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle mapped out the topography of the sea bottom around and below the frigate.

Plans were also in place for navy personnel to go onboard the vessel to evaluate the extent of damages that resulted from flooding and to try and insulate dry compartments from further water ingress

Those plans are officially fucked: Footage captured by aircraft from the Norwegian Coastal Administration show the current status of the frigate:

The incident occurred while the frigate was returning home from the Trident Juncture military exercises, NATO’s largest show of strength since the Cold War.

Congratulations, Norway: You played yourself.