HMS Tapir (P335)
|Builder:||Vickers Armstrong, Barrow|
|Laid down:||29 March 1943|
|Launched:||21 August 1944|
|Commissioned:||30 December 1944|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1948|
|Name:||HNLMS Zeehond (P335)|
|Commissioned:||12 July 1948|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Royal Navy in 1953|
|Commissioned:||16 December 1953|
|Fate:||Scrapped in 1966|
|Length:||276 ft 6 in (84.28 m)|
|Beam:||25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles at 11 knots (8,330 km at 20 km/h) surfaced|
|Test depth:||300 ft (91 m) max|
HMS Tapir (P335) was a Second World War British T class submarine, built by Vickers-Armstrong in Barrow-in-Furness. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Tapir, after the animal.
As HMS Tapir
The submarine was laid down on 29 March 1943, and launched on 21 August 1944. Commissioned into the Royal Navy on 30 December of that year, she led a distinguished career for such a late entry into the war, torpedoing the German submarine U-486 in the North Sea, to the north-west of Bergen, Norway at position on 12 April 1945, under the command of Lt J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN.
As HNLMS Zeehond (2)
On 18 June 1948, she was deemed surplus to requirements, and was loaned to the Netherlands for a period of five years, being commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy as HNLMS Zeehond (2) (P335) on 12 July 1948. She served under the command of Ltz I Baron J.H. Mackay from 12 July 1948, until 30 April 1949, when, together with O24 and Hr.Ms. Van Kinsbergen, she visited Curaçao. Gravity measurements were taken during the trip (the first Dutch ones following the war) and the Zeehond (2) conducted a long snorkel trip on the way back. She was placed back under the command of Ltz Mackay until 28 November 1949, and had a rather quiet career under several commanders, until she was transferred back to the Royal Navy on 15 July 1953, finally being re-commissioned and renamed Tapir on 16 December of that year.
HMS Tapir was scrapped at Faslane in December 1966.
June to July 1949: Zeehond (2) participates in Exercise Victory.
November 1949: Zeehond (2) and Dolfijn (2) participate in a Royal Navy exercise.
13–26 September 1952: Zeehond (2) participates in the NATO exercise Mainbrace.
- 29 March 1943 – 18 June 1948: (as HMS Tapir) Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN
- 12 July 1948 – 30 April 1949: (as Zeehond (2)) Ltz. I Baron J.H. Mackay.
- 4 June - 28 November 1949: Ltz. I Baron J.H. Mackay.
- 28 November 1949 – 15 October 1950: Ltz. I C.E. Wolderling.
- 5–27 February 1951: Ltz. I C.E. Wolderling.
- 27 February - 24 April 1951: Ltz. I R. van Wely.
- 24 April 1951 – 12 January 1953: Ltz. I C.E. Wolderling.
- 12 January - 1 June 1953: Ltz. I S. van Ravesteijn.
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