Damage's looks monumental (=> for a modern warship)
- The entire starboard hull (and even upper superstructures) seems rested on the rocks, the tears/holes must be numerous.
at the moment what we know trough the media here in Norway, is that the damage on the hanger and torpedo room comes from the anchor, and the underwater damage comes from the tankers bulb.
- If the keel is damaged, the ship is lost.
The class have a special designed double keel design for better survivability if it hit some thing or are close to an explosion, due to what they learned from Oslo class (HNoMS Oslo) when it sank when it ran aground. The design have never been realy tested, so this would be interesting.
- Bulbious bow-sonar may be saved ? (he would not have touched the rocks?)
I will say the bow-sonar is damaged, they ran it head on ground, and first later turned her around, something that made her capsize, and made the flooding worse, due to water coming in trough the upper deck damage.
- Considering the early very-heavy aft-listing, at least the starboard propeller is damaged & the starboard shaft maybe ? twisted.
She was hit from stern to hangar, so I would say yes.
- For the above-water damages, the long tear on the starboard side (near the hangar) can be repaired.
it's mainly stores for the hangar, cabins and one of the torpedo room, luckily the torpedo magazine for helicopter, is placed more toward the other side.
- Given the level of ship-sinking (and the fact that all the crew evacuated the ship in urgency), all the large compartments look flooded. Machinery & turbines are probably badly damaged by water.
she got unstable very fast, so the engine room, and at least few of the 13 compartments are damaged, but she was staying afloat until the tug pushed here a little to hard.
- Due to the level of flooding through the ship, the ENTIRE electrical system of the ship is to be redone.
- Oil leakage prove that the fuel-tanks are holed.
the 10.000 liter Helicopter fuel tank is damaged, but the ship fuel are fine, but must most likely be removed before moving of the frigate.
- I am worried about the aegis system, ?the listing may have damaged the electronic components?
The system should normally be protected and closed and the main radar are above water with all the electronics in there, so it should be still in fine order.
- If there is a big storm soon (heavy sea), it will aggravate the overall damage !
at the moment they have secured here toward land with steel wire and some bolts under water, so she is not going anywhere.
For me this ship was lost "too damaged, beyond economical repair".
The Norwegian navy will probably cannibalize it, for the benefit of the other 4 frigates of the same class
if the crew have followed all routines, and they train on this all the time. most of the ship should be intact, except those damaged compartments. I expect the Navy will spend thoise 2-3 years and couple of 10's of millions of $ than try to build a new vessel that would cost the Norwegian government 400-500 million of $.
The Prime Minister (that have always been puting the military on the back burners (economically)) have said, losing 20% of the frigate fleet in a Navy with few ships are a big blow. and the minister of defence, have said that losing one of the frigate is severely damaging the military's capability to protect Norway, where every thing we have counts.
So with that said from the Government. if the frigate is a write off, the Navy would most likely push the government for a replacement or an extremely expensive repair. Specially with the knowledge of that the entire skjold class will be retired in 2024, the government have said the MLU is to expensive for a ship that mostly are build for one role.