The 134-meter (442-foot) long frigate, built in Spain in 2009, is part of a NATO fleet in the Atlantic.
The 62,000-tonne tanker, which was flying the Maltese flag, was only slightly damaged and none of the 23 people on board were injured, the rescue centre said.
A Royal Norwegian Navy frigate has collided with a Malta-registered oil tanker in a fjord in Norway as it was returning from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise Trident Juncture.
It can take a significant amount of time for larger ships to sink, with some taking up to 15 hours to be fully submerged under water.
Several offshore rigs that were pumping their production into the Sture terminal, a major tanker port for crude oil, temporarily suspended the flow, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv reported. Both Norway's Accident Investigation Board and Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit will investigate the collision, as the tanker was registered in Malta.
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