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HNLMS O 22
Career
Name: O 22
Builder: Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde, Vlissingen
Laid down: 20 November 1937
Launched: 20 January 1940
Commissioned: 10 May 1940
Fate: Lost in 1940
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: O 21-class submarine
Displacement: 990 tons surfaced
1205 tons submerged
Length: 77.7 m (254 ft 11 in)
Beam: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.95 m (13 ft 0 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 2,500 bhp (1,864 kW) diesel engines
2 × 500 bhp (373 kW) electric motors
Speed: 19.5 kn (36.1 km/h; 22.4 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) surfaced
28 nmi (52 km; 32 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 39
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow torpedo tubes
2 × 21 in stern torpedo tubes
2 × 21 in (1×2) external-traversing TT amidships

O 22, laid down K XXII was a O 21-class submarine of the Royal Netherlands Navy that saw service during World War II.

Ship history[edit | edit source]

The submarine was ordered on 12 April 1937 and laid down on 20 November 1937 as K XXII at the Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde, Vlissingen. During construction she was renamed O 22, and was finally launched on 20 January 1940. Following the German invasion of 10 May 1940, the O 21 was hastily commissioned, still incomplete, and sailed for England on 12 May together with her sister O 21 and the tugboat B.V. 37, to be finally completed at the Navy yard in Rosyth.[2]

During the war she operated in the North Sea and made five patrols. During her last patrol O 22 was lost with her entire crew, 42 Dutch and 3 British sailor. Her wreck was discovered in 1993 by a ship of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. On 2 November 1996 a ceremony at the wreck site was held to commemorate the loss.[2]

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Coordinates: 57°55′N 5°31′E / 57.917°N 5.517°E / 57.917; 5.517

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