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Zwaardvis (1)
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Zwaardvis (1)
Sister Ships
Zwaardvis (1), Tijgerhaai (1)
Dolfijn (2), Zeehond (2)

 

Zwaardvis (1) in the Mediterranean Sea, 1950's. (Photo: © Jo van Otterloo). Zwaardvis (1) in the Mediterranean Sea, 1950's. (Photo: © Jo van Otterloo).

 

For more Zwaardvis (1) images check out the Zwaardvis (1) photo special -1- and -2-.

Read the book Stuifzeetjes over P322 (Dutch language) and check Gerrit Tigchelaar's WWII naval record for more information on the Zwaardvisch war history.

1942

13 Oct 1942: Talent is laid down at Vickers Armstrong, Barrow in Furness in the U.K.

1943

23 Mar 1943: Talent is taken over by the Royal Netherlands Navy and renamed Zwaardvisch.

17 July 1943: Talent is launched

23 Nov 1943: His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands commissions the Zwaardvisch (1) to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

23 Nov 1943 - 23 Mar 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  H.A.W. Goossens.

2 Dec 1943: Zwaardvisch (1) arrives in Rothesay (Scotland).

6 Dec 1943 - 16 May 1944: Zwaardvisch (1)is based at Holy Loch (Scotland).

Dec 1943 - Feb 1944:  Zwaardvisch (1) conducts trials.

1944

?26 Feb - 28 Feb 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols the northern Atlantic. No attacks are made.?

16 Mar - 24 Mar 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols off the Norwegian coast and in the Hadsel Fjord. No attacks are made.

18 Mar - 21 Mar 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) unsuccessfully tries to locate the German battleship Tirpitz off Egerö.

26 Mar 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) arrives in Dundee (Scotland).

9 May 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) departs from Dundee. She sails via Dundee to her assigned patrol area. No attacks are made.

16 May - 29 May 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols off the Portuguese coast.

29 May 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) arrives in Gibraltar.

? - 12 Jul 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) is transferred to the Far East. She sails via La Veletta (Malta), Port Said and Aden to ?Colombo?

Zwaardvisch (1) is based at Trincomalee (Ceylon) and is under British Eastern Fleet operational control.

6 Aug - 7 Sep 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols the Strait of Malacca. She departs from Trincomalee and after the patrol she will return to Fremantle. Several junks are attacked during this patrol

18 Aug 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) uses her deck gun to sink the Japanese junk Kim Hup Soen (48t). Position: 04°00'N-99°32'E.

We are still looking for a photo of the Kim Hup Soen. Do you have one ? Then please contact us at webmaster@dutchsubmarines.com.

19 Aug 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) uses her deck gun to sink two Japanese junks (+/- 50t and 100t). Position: 04°30'N-98°15'E.

21 Aug 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) uses her deck gun to sink a Japanese junk (+/- 32t). Position: 04°15'N-99°14'E.

31 Aug 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) conducts a reconnaissance mission to Christmas island.

7 Sep 1944 - May 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) is based at Fremantle and is under U.S. operational command

26 Sep - 26 Oct 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols the Java Sea. Several ships are attacked.

4 Oct 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) uses her deck gun to sink a Japanese tanker (+/- 500t). Position: north east of Bali,.

6 Oct 1944 at 06:53 hrs: Zwaardvisch (1) attacks the German submarine U 168 (+/- 1144t). The Dutch submarine fires six torpedoes, one torpedo hits the target and the U-boat sinks. 27 Germans survive the attack, but 23 men are lost. Position: 06°20'S-111°28'E, off North coast of Java.
According to German sources the German submarine was intercepted after the allies learned of its exact position, and time of arrival at several navigation points, through code breaking efforts.

Some notes from 'U-boats Destroyed' by Paul Kemp: "...... U 168, under the command of KapitanLeutnant Helmut Pich, was on passage from Batavia (Jakarta, Dutch East Indies) to Soerabaja, where she was to join U 537 and U 862 in operations off the Australian coast, when she was sighted by the Dutch submarine. Zwaardvisch was well placed for an attack  and eleven minutes after sighting the Dutch sub fired 6 torpedoes om a 95-degree track from a range of 900 yds. One explosion was heard and the Dutch commander raised the periscope to see the submarine sinking by the bows. Three officers, the 1WO, the medical officer and the LI, made escapes from the sinking U-boat from a depth of 120 ft without apparatus. Of the 27 rescued, the Dutch CO retained the CO, the 1WO, the LI and the medical officer together with one wounded rating in Zwaardvisch. The remainder were consigned to a nearby fishing vessel and left to their own devices; the eventually got ashore in Java. The survivors told the Dutch CO that three torpedoes had struck but that only one had exploded. They also gave him the very good news that the local Japanese air command did not start their anti-submarine patrols until after 1100 ! ...............The German U-boat command in the Far East became convinced that the loss of U 168 could be attributed to 'loose talk', since the crew had taken their Indonesian girlfriends on board the U-boat for a farewell party.........."

U-168, date and place unknown. (Photo: © Collection Pedro Dávila Pino) U-168, date and place unknown. (Photo: © Collection Pedro Dávila Pino)

U 168 is a IX-C/40 type U-Boat, check out Uboat.net for more information.

10 Oct 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) uses her deck gun to sink the Japanese coastal vessel Koei Maru (+/- 500t). Position: 5°57'S-112°29'E, south west of Bawean island.

We are still looking for a photo of the Koei Maru. Do you have one ? Then please contact us at webmaster@dutchsubmarines.com.

15 Oct 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) uses her deck gun, after a torpedo misses the target, to sink the Japanese coastal vessel ms Kaiyo Maru (143t). Position: 06°30'S-111°41'E.

We are still looking for a photo of ms Kaiyo Mar. Do you have one ? Then please contact us at webmaster@dutchsubmarines.com.

17 Oct 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) sinks the Japanese minelayer Itsukushima (1970t/2330t). The submarine fires three torpedoes of which one hits the target. Position 05°26'S-113°48'E, east of Bawean island.

Japanese minelayer Itsukushima. Date and place unknown. (Photo: © US Navy). Japanese minelayer Itsukushima. Date and place unknown. (Photo: © US Navy).

The wreck of Itsukushima is discovered: 15 December 2002 and lies in two pieces in 184 feet of water. The forward section, comprising most of the ship, is upside down while aft section (very tip of stern) sits upright.

17 Oct 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) damages the Japanese auxiliary minelayer Wakataka (1600t/1990t). The submarine fires two torpedoes of which one hits the target. Position: 05°26'S-113°48'E, north of Bawean island.

We are still looking for a photo of the Wakataka. Do you have one ? Then please contact us at webmaster@dutchsubmarines.com.

?19 Oct 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) uses her deck gun to sink a Japanese merchant freighter. (2000t)?

28 Nov - 20 Dec 1944: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols the South China Sea. No attacks are made.

1945

30 Jan - 6 Mar 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols the South China Sea. Two ships are attacked.

7 Feb 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) attacks a Japanese merchant. The attack is unsuccessful. Some sources state that the submarine fires three torpedoes, at the 5000t merchant, of which one hits the target. Other sources state that the submarine fired at a destroyer but hit a merchant.

7 Feb 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) attacks a Japanese Q-ship. The attack is unsuccessful.

16 Feb 1945: In the Lombok strait Zwaardvisch (1) is attacked by a Japanese airplane. The submarine is damaged heavily. The submarine USS Charr guides her through the rest of the strait.

6 Mar 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) arrives in Fremantle (Australia).

23 Mar - 15 Sep 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) is under the command of Ltz. II  J. van Dapperen. Ltz. I  H.A.W. Goossens is relieved because of his ill health.

9 Apr - 9 May 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) patrols the Java Sea. Several ships are attacked.

25 Apr 1945: Off Soerabaja Zwaardvisch (1) sinks the Prau's Nomura, loaded with coal, and Albania (40t and 30t). Both boats are sunk by demolition charges.

We are still looking for a photo's of the Nomur and the Albania. Do you have one ? Then please contact us at webmaster@dutchsubmarines.com.

29 Apr 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) attacks two merchant coastal vessels, the torpedo attacks are unsuccessful.

29 Apr 1945: Due to torpedo tube problems and radio failures the Zwaardvisch (1) returns to Fremantle.

8 May 1945: Germany surrenders.

14 Jun - 6 Aug 1945:  Zwaardvisch (1) sails to the U.K. for repairs.

6 Aug 1945: Zwaardvis (1) arrives in Dundee (Scotland).

Jul - Aug 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) is under repair in the U.K.

10 Aug 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) arrives in Rotterdam.

15 Aug 1945: Japan surrenders.

27 Aug 1945 - ?: Zwaardvisch (1) is refitted in New Castle (England).

15 Sep 1945: Zwaardvisch (1) is withdrawn from active duty. She is stacked in Newcastle (England).

Check Gerrit Tigchelaar's WWII naval record for more information on Zwaardvisch's war history.

1946

26 Mar - 6 Apr 1946: Zwaardvisch (1) is stationed in Rothesay (Scotland).

? - 9 Apr 1946: Zwaardvisch (1) sails to Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

1947

1 May 1947 - 12 Jul (8 Oct is incorrect) 1948: Zwaardvisch (1) is under the command of Ltz. II  / Ltz. I  N.J.H. Gregory.

22 Jul - 11 Aug 1947: Zwaardvisch (1)  and  O 23 sail to the Dutch West Indies. The submarines are part of a temporary division that is under the command Ktz. W.F. van Vreeswijk (flagship Van Kinsbergen).

11 Aug 1947: The ships arrive in Curaçao.

13 Oct - 31 Oct 1947: Zwaardvisch (1) and  O 23 return to the Netherlands. The submarines are part of a temporary division that is under the command Kapt.ltz. W.F. van Vreeswijk (flagship Van Kinsbergen).

31 Oct 1947: The ships arrive in Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

Zwaardvis (1) in Portsmouth, in the middle: Ake Bouwma and Ltz. II  Loymeijer (Photo: © Peter Brouwers) Zwaardvis (1) in Portsmouth, in the middle: Ake Bouwma and Lt. Loymeijer (Photo: © Peter Brouwers)

1948

Zwaardvisch (1) sails to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam Her Royal Highness Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands visits the submarine.

Fifties

The deck gun of Zwaardvisch (1) is removed.

1950

Zwaardvisch (1) is renamed Zwaardvis (1). The 'C' and 'H' that were removed are presented to three former commanders and a former 'Chief of the boat' of the Zwaardvisch.

12 Apr 1950 - 1 Feb 1951: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  R. van Wely.

1951

1 Feb - 31 Aug 1951: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  H.R. Reitsma.

17 Dec 1951 - 20 Dec 1952: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  H.R. Reitsma.

1953

23 Jan - 1 June 1953: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  H.J. Brakema.

In 1953 there is a large flood in the south west of the Netherlands (Zeeland) and the Zwaardvis (1) crew assists in preparing the Zeeland rescue fleet.  The crew receives a special document from Her Royal Highness Queen Juliana for their extraordinary commitment.

1954

15 Feb - 17 Feb 1954: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  A.S. Vries.

12 Jul - 17 Jul 1954: Zwaardvis (1) and Zeeleeuw (1) participate in the fleet week of Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

17 Dec 1954 - 12 Apr 1955: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  G.P.F. Munnik.

1956

29 Oct 1956 - 7 June 1957: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of F.B. Hamilton.

Zwaardvis (1) engine room, 1956 (Photo: © Peter Brouwers) Zwaardvis (1) engineroom, 1956 (Photo: © Peter Brouwers)

1957

2 Sep - 20 Nov 1957: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of C van den Zweep.

20 Nov 1957 - 29 Apr 1958: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  D. Schrijvershof.

4 Dec 1957 at 18:08 hrs: On the river the Nieuwe Waterweg, while on transit fro Torquay to Rotterdam, the Zwaardvis (1) collides with the 5595 BRT SS Tanar. She did use radar but according to the Cdt. this radar is not suitable for short ranges.

The ships collide in foggy weather off the city of Maassluis. The submarine is inbound ant the Turkish vessel is outbound. The merchant does not sustain any damage and the Zwaardvis (1) sustains the following damage:

- The tip of the bow ins bend to port side.
- The 'middenshot' is some what buckled.
- The plates around tube 7 are some what pushed in.

After the collision both ship anchor and check the damage. After the visibility has improved and the submarine has gotten a portofoon both vessels continue their voyage.

Check page Zwaardvis(1) in the 1950's for photos of the damage.

1958

13 Oct 1958 - 6 Apr 1959: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. II  G.J. van den Griendt.

Zwaardvis (1) crew, 1958. Bottom row and close to the mast P. Brouwers, in the top Mach. 2 Jan Hein Haveman, left of Jan is Mach. 1 Harry Leenen, left of Harry is Mach. 2 Cor Muilwijk (Photo: © Peter Brouwers). Please contact the webmaster if you can identify any other crewmembers. Zwaardvis (1) crew, 1958. Bottom row and close to the mast P. Brouwers, in the top Mach. 2 Jan Hein Haveman, left of Jan is Mach. 1 Harry Leenen, left of Harry is Mach. 2 Cor Muilwijk (Photo: © Peter Brouwers). Please contact the webmaster if you can identify any other crewmembers.

1959

9 Feb 1959 Zwaardvis (1) and Tijgerhaai (1) depart from Rotterdam and sail to the English Channel. The ships are part of squadron I, which is under the command of Ktz. G.J. Platerink.

7 Apr - 26 May 1959: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Ltz. I  D. Schrijvershof.

26 May 1959 - 6 Jan 1960: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of A.F. de Bruïne.

14 Sep - 26 Sep1959: Zwaardvis (1) participates in the Dutch-German exercise "Shoptalk". During this exercise the Zwaardvis (1) is transferred to squadron V.

25 Sep 1959: Zwaardvis (1) arrives in Hamburg (Germany).

28 Sep 1959: Zwaardvis (1) is withdrawn from squadron V.

12 Oct 1959: Being part of squadron I the Zwaardvis (1) departs for a trip to the Mediterranean.

23 Oct - 26 Oct 1959: The ships visit Malaga (Spain).

6 Nov - 9 Nov 1959: The ships visit Tangier (Morocco).

1960

6 Jan - 26 Jan 1960: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of M. Deege.

26 Jan - 23 May 1960: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of A.F. de Bruïne.

Mar 1960: On 3 March 2000 there will be a reunion of the 'Mar 1960 squadron' for all sailors of the ships that were part of Smaldeel 1. The Smaldeel 1 consisted of: cruiser Hr.Ms. De Ruyter, destroyer Hr.Ms. Limburg, destroyer  Hr.Ms. Drente, destroyer  Hr.Ms. Gelderland, frigate Hr.Ms. De Bitter and submarine Hr.Ms. Zwaardvis (1). The sailors of the ships rescued many earthquake victims in Agadir (Morocco). Read the article posted on the Dutch Sub-Board or contact Ben Timmermans (avomprev@tref.nl) for more information.

23 May - 27 May 1960: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of J.H. van Rede.

The Zwaardvis (1) overhauled (3rd stage maintenance).

1961

16 Jan - 12 Oct 1961: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of J.H. van Rede.

4 Mar 1961 - 1962: Zwaardvis (1) is used as a "torpedo trials" boat in den Helder.

12 Oct 1961 - 11 Dec 1962: Zwaardvis (1) is under the command of Lt/Ltz. I  C.A.F. van Well Groeneveld.

19??

Zwaardvis tests a new type of torpedo tube.

1962

11 Dec 1962: Zwaardvis (1) is decommissioned.

1963

15 Jan 1963: Zwaardvis (1) is withdrawn.

12 Jul 1963: Zwaardvis (1) is sold to Jos de Smet in Alkmaar for the sum of 166500 Dutch guilders. The boat is scrapped.

2000

On 3 March 2000 there will be a reunion for all sailors of the ships that were part of Smaldeel 1. The Smaldeel 1 consisted of: cruiser Hr.Ms. De Ruyter, destroyer Hr.Ms. Limburg, destroyer  Hr.Ms. Drente, destroyer  Hr.Ms. Gelderland, frigate Hr.Ms. De Bitter and submarine Hr.Ms. Zwaardvis (1). The sailors of the ships rescued many earthquake victims in Agadir (Morocco).
Read the article posted on the Dutch Sub-Board or contact Ben Timmermans (avomprev@tref.nl) for more information.

 

For more Zwaardvis (1) images check out the Zwaardvis (1) photo special -1- and -2-.

Read the book Stuifzeetjes over P322 (Dutch language) and check Gerrit Tigchelaar's WWII naval record for more information on Zwaardvisch's war history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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