HNoMS Helge Ingstad (F313)

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KNM Helge Ingstad.jpg
Helge Ingstad in 2010
Name: Helge Ingstad
Namesake: Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad
Ordered: 23 June 2000
Builder: Navantia, Ferrol
Laid down: 28 April 2006
Launched: 23 November 2007
Commissioned: 29 September 2009
Out of service: 8 November 2018
Fate: Sunk, 13 November 2018
General characteristics
Class and type: Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate
Displacement: 5,290 tons
Length: 134 m (439 ft 8 in)
Beam: 16.8 m (55 ft 1 in)
Draft: 7.6 m (24 ft 11 in)
Speed: 27 knots (50.00 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334.00 km)
  • 120, accommodations for 146
  • Lockheed Martin AN/SPY-1F 3-D multifunction radar
  • Reutech RSR 210N air/sea surveillance radar
  • Sagem Vigy 20 Electro Optical Director
  • MRS 2000 hull mounted sonar
  • Captas MK II V1 active/passive towed sonar
  • 2 × Mark 82 fire-control radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Terma DL-12T decoy launcher, Loki torpedo countermeasure
Aircraft carried: 1 × NH90 helicopter

HNoMS Helge Ingstad is a Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate of the Royal Norwegian Navy. On 8 November 2018, the frigate collided with the tanker Sola TS in Norwegian waters. Helge Ingstad was severely damaged in the collision and was intentionally beached in an effort to prevent the ship from sinking. However, on 13 November, the ship sank where she had been run aground.

Construction and commissioning[edit]

Built by the Spanish shipbuilders Navantia in Ferrol, Galicia, Helge Ingstad was the fourth of the Fridtjof Nansen class to be launched and then commissioned into the Royal Norwegian Navy.[1]


From December 2013 to May 2014, Helge Ingstad was one of the escort ships for merchant vessels carrying chemical weapons from Syria to be destroyed.[2]

Collision with oil tanker[edit]

On 8 November 2018, while returning from NATO exercises, she collided with the 250-metre (820 ft) Maltese-flagged oil tanker Sola TS and began taking in water.[3][4] The ship was deliberately grounded in an attempt to prevent her sinking and allow for the evacuation of the crew.[5] Seven sailors were injured in the incident and by late morning she had developed a severe angle of list to starboard side with most of the stern submerged.[6][7] In the early hours of 13 November the vessel sank with only smaller sections of the superstructure remaining above water.[8]

This is the first incident of such scale in the Royal Norwegian Navy since 1994, when HNoMS Oslo was lost after it ran aground.[9]


  1. ^ "Fregatt – Nansenklassen" (in Norwegian). Forsvaret. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  2. ^ NTB (29 December 2013). "«Helge Ingstad» i posisjon utenfor Syria". Bergens Tidende (in Norwegian). Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Sola TS (34195)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ Schkvarkin, Erofey (8 November 2018). "Norwegian frigate damaged in collision with Greek Aframax tanker". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Helge Ingstad: Warship collides with tanker in fjord". BBC News. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Tankskip og fregatt kolliderte ved Øygarden – krigsskipet mistet styringen" [Tankers and frigates collided at Øygarden - the warship lost control]. Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Norwegian frigate collides with tanker after Trident Juncture". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ Nilsen, Thomas (13 November 2018). "Latest: Frigate "Helge Ingstad" sinks". The Barents Observer. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ "This Norwegian frigate is one of the best in the Arctic". Retrieved 8 November 2018.[unreliable source?]

External links[edit]

  • "Fridtjof Nansen-class". 28 June 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2018. - Royal Norwegian Navy's page on the Fridtjof Nansen class