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HNLMS Zwaardvis (S806)
Name: Zwaardvis
Builder: Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam
Laid down: 14 July 1966
Launched: 2 July 1970
Commissioned: 18 August 1972
Decommissioned: 1994
Fate: Planned to be scraped
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Zwaardvis-class submarine
Displacement: 2350 tons surfaced
2620 tons submerged
Length: 66.92 m (219 ft 7 in)
Beam: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
Draught: 7.1 m (23 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 3 × diesel engines 4,200 shp (3,132 kW)
1 × 5,100 shp (3,803 kW) electric motor
Speed: 13 kn (24 km/h; 15 mph) surfaced
20 kn (37 km/h; 23 mph) submerged
Complement: 65-67
Armament: 6 × 21 in (533 mm) bow torpedo tubes

Zwaardvis (Dutch: Swordfish) was a Zwaardvis-class submarine of the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Ship history[]

The submarine was ordered 24 December 1965 and laid down on 14 July 1966 at the Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij shipyard in Rotterdam. She was launched on 2 July 1970. 18 August 1972 she was commissioned in the Dutch navy.[2]

From August until September 1977 Zwaardvis, Dolfijn, the tender Mercuur and Onondaga performed torpedo firing exercises of the coast of the United Kingdom.[2] From 2 to 21 July 1978 Zwaardvis, Dolfijn, Zeehond and Potvis practiced firing exercises.[2]

In 1985 the boat made a several visits to Norway and participated in a NATO exercise. This exercise was held in the North Atlantic Ocean.[2] The following year she made visits to Scotland and France. Near Crete an exercise called Fairwind 86 was held where Zwaardvis took part in.[2] In 1986 visits are made to Scotland and Spain. The boat also participates in an exercise in the Strait of Gibraltar.[2]

In 1989 a NATO exercise called North Star was held were the boat participated in. Visits to Scotland and Norway are made in 1991.[2] The boat was decommissioned in 1994. Several countries expressed interest in buying the submarine but eventually no buyer was found and the boat is planned to be scraped.[2]


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