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  HNLMS Zwaardvisch (P322, Zwaardvis)
Dutch Navy
Zwaardvisch class submarine

1,290 Tons (Surfaced)
1,560 Tons (Submerged)
276' 6" x 25' 6" x 12' 9"
6 x fwd torpedo tubes
2 x ext. fwd torpedo tubes
2 ex. rear torpedo tubes
1 ext rear torpedo tube
1 x 4" deck gun
3 x AA MG

Ship History
Built by by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow, and John Brown & Company in Clydebank, Scotland. Laid down on October 13, 1942 as a British T Class submarine. Launched on July 17, 1943 as HMS Talent, but was never commissioned in the Royal Navy (RN). Instead, transfered to the Royal Netherlands Navy on March 23, 1943 as the first of the Zwaardvisch-class submarine. Commissioned on November 23, 1943. Later renamed Zwaardvisch (Swordfish). Assigned to Captain Lieutenant Hendrikus A. W. Goossens, the submarine was based at Holy Loch for sea trials until February 1944.

Wartime History
During late February until March 1944, undertook patrols into the Atlantic and off the coast of Norway and unsuccessfully attempted to find the German battleship Tirpitz before returning to Dundee, Scotland. In May 1944 patrolled the Portuguese coast then proceeded to Gibraltar and transfered to the Far East.

In July 1944 arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon operating under the British Far Eastern Fleet and patrolled the Strait of Malacca attacking Kim Hup Soen and two Malaysian sailing vessels with her deck gun.

PARTIAL HISTORY

On October 17, 1944 lookouts aboard the submarine spots a convoy plus a tugboat towing Itsukushima in the Java Sea east of Bawean Island. Zwaardvisch sets up an attack to hit the minesweeper and escorts and fires a spread of five torpedoes. One torpedo hits and sinks Itsukushima at roughly at 05-23S, 113-48E. Also hit in the bow was Wakataka, likely by a dud torpedo.

After the attack, escorting Subchaser CH-26 searches for the submarine and drops a pattern of 18 depth charges, without results. Several hours later, Zwaardvisch surfaces to periscope depth again, but is again attacked with 16 depth charges but the submarine manages to escape undamaged.

Postwar
In 1947 the submarine made a trip to the Dutch West Indies. In 1950 renamed "Zwaardvis". Decommissioned December 11, 1962. Sold for scrap on July 12, 1963 and scrapped sometime afterwards.

References
Dutch Submarines - Boat Zwaardvis (1)

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

 

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