HNLMS K XVI
|Name:||HNLMS K XVI|
|Ordered:||30 May 1929|
|Awarded:||31 May 1930|
|Builder:||Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij|
|Laid down:||8 April 1933|
|Commissioned:||31 January 1934|
|Fate:||Sunk on 25 December 1941|
|Class and type:||K XIV-class submarine|
|Length:||73.64 m (241 ft 7 in)|
|Beam:||6.51 m (21 ft 4 in)|
|Draught:||3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)|
HNLMS K XVI was one of five K XIV-class submarines built for the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN). Entering service in 1934, the submarine was deployed to the Netherlands East Indies. On 24 December 1941, K XVI torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Sagiri; the first Allied submarine to sink a Japanese warship. A day later, the Dutch submarine was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-66 off Borneo, with all aboard killed. The wreck of K XVI was rediscovered in October 2011 by a group of recreational divers.
K XVI was ordered from Rotterdam-based shipbuilder Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij on 30 May 1929, and was laid down on 31 May 1930. The submarine was launched on 8 April 1933, and commissioned into the RNN on 31 January 1934.
On 24 December 1941, approximately 35 nautical miles (65 km) off Kuching, the submarine torpedoed and sank the Japanese destroyer Sagiri. The destroyer's aft magazine caught fire and exploded, sinking the ship with 121 of the 241 personnel aboard killed. Later that evening, the submarine attempted to attack the destroyer Murakumo, but was fended off by depth charges.
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- D'Albas, Andrieu (1965). Death of a Navy: Japanese Naval Action in World War II. Devin-Adair Pub. ISBN 0-8159-5302-X.
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