The frigate accident in Øygarden outside Bergen has consequences for the Navy’s capacity, states Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H).
The Prime Minister stated that she was relieved when none of the 137 crew members aboard the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad were seriously injured. She emphasizes, however, that the accident has consequences for the country’s defense capacity.
“This is terribly difficult and a bad thing for the Armed Forces and the Navy in the future. It is clear that it is incredibly unfortunate that it happens with such a frigate and for a naval defense nation like Norway. Such a major accident has an impact on our capacity in the future, “Solberg told TV 2.
The Prime Minister also emphasizes that the Armed Forces will maintain high activity with the resources available.
Asking if Norway’s reputation is weakened by such an accident, Solberg replies that collisions and accidents associated with military activity occur in many countries. At the same time, she emphasizes that opinions about the cause of the accident should not be made before the investigation has been completed.