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Career (Netherlands)
Name: K XVII
Builder: Fijenoord, Rotterdam
Laid down: 1 June 1931
Launched: 26 July 1932
Commissioned: 19 December 1933
Fate: Struck by a mine on 21 December 1941
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: K XIV class submarine
Displacement: 865 tons surfaced
1045 tons submerged
Length: 73.64 m (241 ft 7 in)
Beam: 6.51 m (21 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 1,600 bhp (1,193 kW) diesel engines
2 × 430 bhp (321 kW) electric motors
Speed: 17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph) surfaced
9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph) on the surface
26 nmi (48 km; 30 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 38
Armament: 4 × 21 inch bow torpedo tubes
2 × 21 inch stern torpedo tubes
2 x 21 inch (1x2) external-traversing forward of conning tower

K XVII was one of five K XIV class submarines built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. She served during World War II.

Service history[edit | edit source]

The submarine was laid down in Rotterdam at the shipyard of Fijenoord on 1 June 1931. The launch took place on 26 July 1932. On 19 December 1933 the boat was commissioned in the Dutch navy.[2] From 20 June to 1 August 1934 K XVII, K XVIII, Hertog Hendrik, Evertsen and Z 5 made a trip to the Baltic Sea. The ports of Gdynia, Königsberg, Riga and Copenhagen are visited.[2]

In early January 1935 K XVII and her sister K XVI, where send to the Dutch East Indies where they arrived on 26 March 1935 in Padang.[2] On 6 September 1938 she participates in a fleet show at Surabaya. The show was held in honor of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands who was than 40 years the head of state. More than twenty navy ships participate in the show.[2]

World War II[edit | edit source]

During the war K XVII patrolled in the South China Sea, off Malaya and in the Gulf of Siam. While exiting the Gulf of Siam in December 1941 she hit a Japanese mine and sunk. The entire crew of thirty six man perished.[2] Her wreck was located in 1978.[2]

There are several conspiracy theories involving K XVII and how it allegedly sighted the Japanese fleet prior to attacking Pearl Harbor.[3][4][5][6]

References[edit | edit source]

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