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Gun's cupola ripped off:
The Off Shore Patrol Frigate THETIS damaged off Greenland
During a passage from the Faroes to Greenland, powerful waves broke over the ship's foredeck and smashed the cupola of the ships' gun.
THETIS in calmer weather entering Copenhagen on August
By Johnny E. Balsved
During a passage from the vicinity of the Faroes to Greenland, powerful waves broke over the foredeck and other parts of the off shore patrol frigate THETIS, and smashed the cupola of the ship's 76mm M/85 gun.
Efforts to save the cupola were not successful, but after three attempts in harsh weather conditions it was possible to prevent any leakage occurring through the gun’s mounting.
According to reports, the only damage was to the ship; none of the crew were injured, although some were exhausted after hard work on the foredeck in heavy seas.
Journalist Pernille Kroer from Admiral Danish Fleet Headquarters (editor of Søværnsorientering), who is on board the off shore patrol vessel in connection with the passage, reports as follows:
Three repair attempts!
By 1130 hrs the gun was once more covered up, and the off shore patrol frigate could continue its passage towards Prince Christians Sound in Greenland.
It's planned to have replacements parts flown to Nuuk (in Greenland) so the gun can once more be covered with a suitable cupola, explained Pernille Kroer from SOK.
Apart from the report that the cupola was damaged by waves in bad weather, there is no further information about the cause.
The inspection ships of the THETIS Class are built to withstand bad weather conditions, and have demonstrated that on many occasions, even in conditions that were far worse than those that seem to have been prevailing at the time of the damage occurred.
According to information from the Danish Meteorological Institute, the average wind speed on Monday was around 24 m/s and the waves about 4-6 meters high, so it can hardly be described as fair weather.
In the North Atlantic context that can hardly be considered harsh weather, but the North Atlantic can on occasion produce some extremely high and sudden waves.
There's no question of metal fatigue, as the cupola of the Danish Navy's 76mm M/85 gun gun is manufactured from fiberglass!
Resuming role as off shore patrol frigate
Following a period of training for the role, THETIS had spent some weeks on fisheries protection duties around the Faroes and is now heading for Greenland, where those duties will continue along the West coast of Greenland.
The ship was on its first assignment back in the off shore patrol role after having spent a number of years primarily carrying out the role of command ship and providing a platform for, amongst others, the Navy's Danish Task Group.
Translated by Alan Russel (November 19, 2007)
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This page was first published: November 7, 2007 (November 19, 2007)