Australian-Singaporean Team of Amateur Scuba Divers Discover HNLMS K XVI After 70 Years

A Royal Netherlands Navy submarine, HNLMS K XVI, which went down in 1941 with its 36-man crew, six of whom of Indonesian nationality, has been found. Following up a tip-off in October 2011 by a local fisherman who had spotted a wreck, an Australian-Singaporean team of amateur scuba divers discovered the Dutch World Warr II submarine in the waters north of the island of Borneo.Marine experts studied the photographs taken by the divers and observed unmistakable features unique to Dutch submarines. This information, in combination with other records, enabled the submarine to be identified as the K XVI. This brings to an end a long period of uncertainty for the relatives of the crew members. The commander of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, conveyed the news to them.Christmas EveHNLMS K XVI was part of the Allied fleet tasked with stopping the Japanese invasion of the then Netherlands East Indies. The 1,000 ton submarine sunk the Japanese submarine hunter Sagiri on Christmas Eve 1941, only to be sunk itself the following day by Japanese submarine hunter I-66 in the South China Sea.With the discovery of HNLMS K XVI, the only Dutch submarine still unlocated is HNLMS O 13. This submarine went down in the North Sea. HNLMS K XVI will be designated as a war grave.[mappress]Source: defensie, October 28, 2011 View post tag: Australian-Singaporean View post tag: DIVERS October 28, 2011 View post tag: of View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HNLMS Australian-Singaporean Team of Amateur Scuba Divers Discover HNLMS K XVI After 70 Years View post tag: after View post tag: Scuba View post tag: K View post tag: 70defensie View post tag: Navy View post tag: Amateur View post tag: Discover Research & Development Share this article View post tag: team View post tag: XVI Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian-Singaporean Team of Amateur Scuba Divers Discover HNLMS K XVI After 70 Years

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