USS Witchita,LCS-13, the newest Freedom Class Littoral combat ship arrived this morning. The ship is headed to her home port after completing construction in Wisconsin, and being accepted by the US Navy August 22. USS Sioux City Arrived on the 6th, having also been delivered on the 22nd of August. She was the first LCS I missed photographing due to work and weather.
Tuesday features tow visits by foreign naval vessels.
the First – USS Witchita, the newest Freedom Class Littoral combat ship is due in the morning, likely tieing up at the dockyard around 7:30 am. the ship is headed to her home port after completing construction in Wisconsin, and being accepted by the US Navy.
the second ship – BSAH Rhone is a support ship belonging to the French Navy. Bâtiment de soutien et d’assistance hauturiers (BSAH) vessles will be used by the French Navy for rescue missions, environmental protection, work in military ports and general support for other navy units.Commissioned in June of this year, the ship is the second of four vessels in her class.
KNM Helge is a Nansen Class Frigate. Pictured is KNM Thor Heyerdahl on a2012 port visit to Halifax
The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad was stuck early this morning by the tanker SOLA TS while anchored west of Bergen. The tanker had just loaded North Sea Crude oil, and was departing the fjord when the incident happened.
the frigate appears to have been stuck in the stern area, and flooding continues, with the latest images showing the frigate nearly on its side, a significantly worse state then shortly after the collision, when the frigate was simply low in the stern. the ship also appears to have deliberately run aground at the bow, in an attempt to keep the ship from sinking,
the Frigate was participating in the Nato Exercise Trident Juncture, which also featured Canadian frigates HMCS Halifax and HMCS Toronto. the 137 crew members were able to evacuate the ship, with 7 minor injuries reported. Marine traffic reports the frigate was not broadcasting AIS at the time.
New imagery from the Norwegians this morning. looks like the ship has settled on her side. She was not broadcasting AIS at the time of the collision, and appears to have been holed by the tankers protruding anchor hawsepipe, which looks to have left a large gash from the hanger aft.
Still taken from this video
Just speculation; looks like these might be collision points on 🇳🇴frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and 🇲🇹tanker Sola TS. No other part of tanker hull that sharp, and strong too to take anchor strain. Damage below waterline prob. from bulbous bow. #shipspotting#HelgeIngstadpic.twitter.com/csFlKMmxHm
Shes Sunk. Overnight the 7 lines holding the ship to shore broke, and she slipped beneath the waves. The Norwegian government announced on the 12th that the ship was secure.
Word is she was actually sailing when the incident occured, and not anchored, and was aware of the presence of the outgoing tanker. An audio log obtained by Norwegian media has revealed that the frigate failed to change course despite repeated warnings that she was on collision course with the tanker. Significant questions about Seamanship and damage control need to be asked after this incident.
the Noon hour brought the arrival of the French Rubis class submarine. the exact identity is currently secret, but it would have to be one of the 6 boats in the class.
Powered by a nuclear reactor, she tied up at Shearwater.
The Tug Glenivis met the sub off Maugher’s beach with a barge, and recovered a towed array. this suggests the array may have gotten stuck in the deployed position and this was an unplanned stop to deal with that.
UPDATE: Marlant tweeted that the sub is FS Améthyste, and is here to re-supply.
The Ticonderoga Class guided missile cruiser USS hue City arrived for a port visit this morning. the ship is assigned to Carrier Strike Group 2, with the Carrier USS George HW Bush, however word is she is on a solo deployment, and sailed from Mayport Fl. on Sept 23rd.
She is named for the Battle of Huế, fought in the city during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Hué City is the only U.S. Navy ship named after a battle in the Vietnam War. She was Commissioned in September of 1991.