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HNLMS Zeehond (S809)
Name: Zeehond
Builder: Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam
Laid down: 30 December 1954
Launched: 20 February 1960
Commissioned: 16 March 1961
Decommissioned: 11 January 1990
Fate: Scrapped 1997
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Dolfijn-class submarine
Displacement: 1140 tons standard
1530 tons surfaced
1830 tons submerged
Length: 79.5 m (260 ft 10 in)
Beam: 7.8 m (25 ft 7 in)
Draught: 4.8 m (15 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: 2 × 1,250 bhp (932 kW) diesel engines
2 × 2,200 bhp (1,641 kW) electric motors
Speed: 14.5 kn (26.9 km/h; 16.7 mph) surfaced
17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph) submerged
Complement: 67
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow torpedo tubes
4 × 21 in stern torpedo tubes

Zeehond (Dutch: Seal) was a Dolfijn-class submarine of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Ship history[]

The submarine was laid down on 30 December 1954 at the Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij shipyard in Rotterdam and launched on 20 February 1960. 16 March 1961 she was commissioned in the Dutch navy.[2]

In November 1963 the boat was visited by the than Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands.[2] Between 1966 and 1967 Zeehond was modernized.[2] In 1970 the boat made two trips to Scotland and a trip to France where her sonar was adjusted in Lorient.[2] In January 1971 repairs on her propulsion are performed at the dry-dock of the Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij. After that she practices with her sister Dolfijn in the Bay of Biscay. Later that year in February she exercises of the Orkney, Shetland and Faroe Islands. Also a trip to the USA was made that year.[2] The boat practiced with the surface fleet in January 1972. In October 1976 the boat made a visit to Dundee.[2]

From 2 to 21 July 1978 Zeehond, Dolfijn, Potvis and Zwaardvis practiced firing exercises.[2] In 1980 the boat made a trip to the Mediterranean Sea that would last three months. On 11 January 1990 the Zeehond was de decommissioned.[2] December 1997 the boat was scraped at the yard of the Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij.[2]


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