Incredible moment missile fails to launch and explodes aboard a German navy warship
- Dramatic video shows a giant fireball aboard vessel Saxony off coast of Norway
- A shower of debris could be seen raining down into the sea near the Arctic Circle
- Rocket malfunctioned and blew up on ship when training exercise went wrong
This is the incredible moment a missile failed to launch and exploded aboard a navy ship in a training exercise gone wrong.
The warhead created a giant fireball when it blew up on the German vessel Saxony off the coast of Norway.
Images taken of the dramatic event show a shower of sparks and debris raining down into the sea.
A missile exploded on a German navy ship off the coast of Norway after a training exercise went wrong
The navy ship was operating near the Arctic Circle when it attempted to fire a Standard Missile as part of the exercise, the service said in a release.
However after giving the command to fire, the rocket malfunctioned and blew up aboard the vessel, injuring two sailors.
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The ship’s captain, Thomas Hacken, said: ‘We were standing in front of a blazing and glowing hot wall of fire.’
‘The sprinkler system on board the ship was immediately activated and the crew managed to put the fire out. Two sailors were treated for shock.
A shower of sparks and debris could be seen raining down into the sea near the Arctic Circle
Pictured: The ship was left visibly damaged after the explosion. The navy said there were no technical defects before the launch
The launch box and bridge of the navy vessel were left visibly damaged.
According to a statement from the German Navy, the SM 2 type missile failed to lift off due to a defect in its propulsion system.
A Navy spokesman said there were no indications of a technical defect before the firing of the rocket.
Another rocket of the same type was successfully launched by the Saxony before the incident.
The launch pad was left scorched following the incident in which two sailors were treated for shock
The German Navy’s chief inspector, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, said the incident is a necessary risk the navy takes during live-firing exercises.
He said: ‘We have to practice realistically, so that we are ready for action in case of emergency, also for national and alliance defence purposes.’
Photos of ship posted on a German maritime news site show the explosion scorched the paint of the frigate’s bridge and the vertical launch cells battery.
Two German sailors suffered minor injuries. After a brief port call in Norway, both frigates returned to their homeport of Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on the North Sea on Tuesday.
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