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    A shipwrecked Norwegian navy frigate KNM Helge Ingstad is seen in this Norwegian Coastal Administration handout picture in Oygarden, Norway, November 13, 2018

    US Navy Officer May Face Questioning Over Collision of Ships in Norway – Reports

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An officer of the US Navy might be questioned by Norway's authorities as part of the investigation into the collision of the Royal Norwegian Navy’s Helge Ingstad frigate and the Sola TS oil tanker, the Washington Post newspaper reported on Sunday.

    On November 8, the ships collided near the Norwegian coast in Oygarden island municipality.  A total of 127 people were evacuated due to the incident, while several people were injured. Norway’s frigate was severely damaged and had begun to sink, but the authorities have managed to beach it. Nevertheless, the Navy ship sank five days after the steel ropes holding it in place broke down.

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    The US officer was on board of the Helge Ingstad as part of the exchange program, Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a spokesman for the US Navy’s 6th Fleet, said, according to the newspaper.

    The US Navy supports the Norwegian investigation, the spokesman noted but declined to reveal the identity of the officer or the exact role the serviceman had played on the vessel.

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