Two Norwegian soldiers confirmed dead in NATO exercise




 
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March 17th, 2006  
sunb!
 
 

Topic: Two Norwegian soldiers confirmed dead in NATO exercise


Source: Norwaypost.com

Quote:
A Norwegian soldier lost his life when a tank from the Telemark Batallion broke through the ice and sank on a lake west of Bjerkvik in Nordland late Thursday evening, during a military exercise. A second soldier was critically injured and taken to hospital in Tromsoe. Two escaped without injury.

The Norwegian Leopard-2 tank broke through the ice on a frozen bog and sank within seconds. The four soldiers were brought up from the water, two of them without injury.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Norwegian and NATO Response Forces as well as units from nations belonging to Partnership for Peace (PfP) are participating in the exersice Cold Response which began on March 10th and will last till March 22nd.
RIP

This is my former unit and I have many friends on active duty in the battalion. A very sad day.
March 17th, 2006  
5.56X45mm
 
 
That blows...

Hope the other guy pulls through okay.
March 17th, 2006  
Redleg
 
 
Heard the tragic news on the radio on my way to work this morning.

RIP brother!

http://www.mil.no/start
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March 17th, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 
Sorry to hear this
March 17th, 2006  
Redleg
 
 
It has just been confirmed that the second soldier has died as well now...

http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=120520
http://www.vg.no/pub/vgart.hbs?artid=120515
March 17th, 2006  
PJ24
 
 
What a shitty thing to happen. RIP, warrior!

Sorry for your loss, Redleg.
March 17th, 2006  
Redleg
 
 
Two articles in english, about the accident:
http://www.aftenposten.no/english/lo...cle1251506.ece
http://www.norwaypost.no/cgi-bin/nor...maker?id=22855
March 17th, 2006  
DTop
 
 
May they both rest in peace.
March 17th, 2006  
Missileer
 
 
RIP Troopers. My friend who was a Captain in the NG was on maneuvers at Ft. Hood when one of his men was killed by a sliver of steel from a tank track pin that he was hammering on went straight through his heart. All service life can be dangerous.
March 17th, 2006  
mmarsh
 
 
RIP...

I dont wish to sound disrespectful as this is indeed a sad day. My parents had a summer place in Vermont, anyone whose ever lived in New England knows winter is pretty serious up North. I used to see ice fisherman drive 4x4 on the the lakes during January and Febuary and every once and a while a car would break through. Global Warming made this occurence more frequent in later years...

Anyway, the point being, is driving a 62T tank (plus the weight of the other Tanks and stuff) on a frozen lake that smart an idea? Espically when you consider that this is late March and things are being to thaw?

Again, no disrespect intended...