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HNLMS Dolfijn (S808)
Name: Dolfijn
Builder: Rotterdamse Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam
Laid down: 30 December 1954
Launched: 20 May 1959
Commissioned: 16 December 1960
Decommissioned: 29 April 1982
Fate: Sold for scrap 1985
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

Dolfijn (Dutch: Dolphin) 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 May 1959. 16 December 1960 she was commissioned in the Dutch navy.[2]

On March 1962 the boat and Zeeleeuw where send to the west coast of the USA to show the flag. After this Dolfijn, Zeeleeuw and a number of destroyers where send to Netherlands New Guinea because of risen tension between the Netherlands and Indonesia. When the situation calmed down she returned to the Netherlands.[2] In 1963 Toulouse was visited for testing of a new type of torpedo tube.[2] In May 1964 the Dolfijn participated in an exercise called Long Look held between Canada and Greenland.[2] In January 1968 Dolfijn and Potvis left the port of Den Helder for a war simulation in the northern Atlantic Ocean that would last 5 weeks.[2]

In May 1970 an international exercise called Rusty Nut is held where the boat participated in. Later that year in September she participated in the NATO exercise Northern Wedding.[2] Eary 1971 she practiced with her sister Zeehond in the Bay of Biscay.[2] In September 1976 she participated in the NATO exercise Team Work. In July 1978 Dolfijn, Zeehond, Potvis and Zwaardvis practiced firing exercises.[2]

On 29 April 1982 the boat was decommissioned.[2] 22 July 1985 the boat was sold to be scraped at the yard of the Heuvelman in Puttershoek.[2]


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