During some exercise maneuvers, the German frigate Sachsen (Saxony, in German) almost explodes because of an anti-aircraft missile SM-2 that did not leave the launcher and burned in the mine. Fortunately, no member of the crew was injured, but several suffered great psychological damage.
The incident occurred on June 21 in the area of the test field near the Norwegian coast, reported the media Naval Today.
During the exercise, the frigate successfully launched the first anti-aircraft guided missile Standard SM-2, but the second did not leave the launcher and caught fire.
The fire was extinguished by pumping seawater.
The incident left the launcher cover damaged, as well as the neighbouring cells and the superstructure.
The frigate Sachsen, like another vessel that was also part of the exercises, left the military maneuvering area and arrived on the morning of June 22 at the Norwegian port of Harstad to carry out the repairs.
Source: Mundo Sputnik News