Two notice from the news, that I have translated directly through google.translate, These two notice explain what they have decided, before they have announced anything:
New frigate over the state budget
The government has decided that the money for a new government quarter (aftermatch from the Oslo bombing) and frigate repairs must be collected within the state budget, and not by extra withdrawals from the oil fund, Dagens Næringsliv (Norwegian economy news paper) reports. The proposal to raise money outside the state budget came at the government-enlargement in January.
Navy considering selling the steel
For me it looks like they have decided, HNoMS Roald Amundsen and HNoMS Maud is operating with double crew, to compensate for the loss of the frigate. The disadvantage of this is that HNoMS Roald Amundsen will wear out faster than planned. for me, since the class is close to it's half life (all frigates are going into MLU in the next few year), I would have considered push forward future frigate program a little bit, shorten the career for the frigates and sell them to a NATO member, It would be to expensive to operate to totally different class of frigate for Norway. But nah. will anyway be interesting to see what they decide to do.
- The Armed Forces bought HNoMS "Helge Ingstad" and equipment on board for NOK 4.3 billion.
- In the accounts, the frigate's value is written down by NOK 2.2 billion.
- At the same time, they write that it is difficult to determine the value exactly before they have a condition report in place. They expect it to be ready by the end of April.
- They are also saying: "It should be considered, whether parts of the frigate can be used for the remaining vessels, or whether it is possible to sell the steel"
my little rambling is over, boys!