HMCS Fredericton was en route for Exercise FLOTEX and was off Nord-Trøndelag when a fire broke out and the ship’s engine shut down. The fire was put out and the engine running Thursday morning.
– There has been a fire on board a military ship, spokesman Ivar Moen confirms at the Armed Forces Operational Headquarters (FOH) at the Armed Forces Forum.
It was TB who first reported the fire.
Moen says the main salvage center is leading the operation, but says the fire has been put out and the ship is powered up.
– We argued with other ships in the area, he says, and adds that there have been difficult weather conditions in the area.
The main rescue center was informed of the incident just before kl. 5 Thursday morning. On-duty Account Manager Asbjørn Viste briefs the Armed Forces Forum.
– It went out quite quickly and the ship is running on its own engine, Viste clarifies. He adds that the incident happened in Frohavet west of Trondheim.
FOH states that it is the Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton. A Facebook update on November 15 confirmed the ship was in Kattegat in connection with an exercise with NATO allies:
The frigate is part of NATO’s Standing Maritime Force 1 (SNMG1), one of NATO’s four standing naval forces. This is what NATO spokesman Erik Reynolds said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
– When the fire was discovered, the crew acted immediately and extinguished the fire, writes Reynolds.
– There are no injuries and the ship is now on its way to a Norwegian port for repairs.
The ship was heading north along the Norwegian coast to take part in Exercise FLOTEX, this year’s largest naval exercise, which began on Monday. The main scenario for the exercise begins on November 20, before several ships are docked in Bodø.
Nearly 20 ships are taking part in the exercise, including a French, German and Danish frigate.