ORP Bielik (Kobben class)

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ORP Bielik
ORP Bielik
Career (Poland)
Name: ORP Bielik
Commissioned: 2002
Homeport: Gdynia
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Displacement: 435 surfaced
485 submerged
Length: 45.2 m (148 ft 4 in)
Beam: 4.9 m (16 ft 1 in)
Draft: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h/21 mph), submerged
Complement: 17
Armament: 8 x 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes

ORP Bielik, formerly HNoMS Svenner (S309), is one of four Kobben-class submarines in service with the Polish Navy. The vessel and its sister ships were built in the period 1964 - 67 by Rheinstahl Nordseewerke GmbH in Emden, West Germany for the Royal Norwegian Navy. The Kobben class submarines were given to Poland in the 2002-2004 period after having been replaced by Ula class submarines in Norway. Before entering active Polish service the boat was modified in Gdańsk.