HNLMS K XIV

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K XIV
History
Netherlands
Name: K XIV
Builder: Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij
Laid down: 31 May 1930
Launched: 11 July 1931
Commissioned: 6 July 1933
Decommissioned: 23 April 1946
Fate: ?
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: K XIV class submarine
Displacement:
  • 865 tons surfaced
  • 1045 tons submerged
Length: 73.64 m (241 ft 7 in)
Beam: 6.51 m (21 ft 4 in)
Draught: 3.93 m (12 ft 11 in)
Propulsion:
Speed:
  • 17 kn (31 km/h; 20 mph) surfaced
  • 9 kn (17 km/h; 10 mph) submerged
Range:
  • 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 12 kn (22 km/h; 14 mph) on the surface
  • 26 nmi (48 km; 30 mi) at 8.5 kn (15.7 km/h; 9.8 mph) submerged
Complement: 38
Armament:
  • 4 × 21 inch bow torpedo tubes
  • 2 × 21 inch stern torpedo tubes
  • 2 × 21 inch external-traversing torpedo tubes forward of the conning tower
  • 1 x 88 mm gun
  • 2 x 40 mm guns (replaced with 1 x 20 mm gun during WWII)

K XIV was one of five K XIV class submarines built for the Royal Netherlands Navy. She served during World War II.

Service history[edit]

The submarine was laid down in Rotterdam at the shipyard of Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij on 31 May 1930. The launch took place on 11 July 1931. On 6 July 1933 the boat was commissioned in the Dutch navy.[2]

On 7 February 1934 K XIV and K XV left the Netherlands for the Dutch East Indies. The route they took led through the Suez Canal.[2] On 6 September 1938 she participated in a fleet show at Surabaya. The show was held in honor of the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands who celebrating her 40th year as head of state. More than twenty navy ships participated in the show.[2]

In the war K XIV sank several Japanese ships. She survived the war and was decommissioned on 23 April 1946. 1 June 1946 she was stricken.[2]

Summary of raiding history[edit]

Ships sunk and damaged by K XIV.[3]

Date Ship name Nationality/Type Tonnage (GRT) Fate
23 December 1941 Katori Maru Japanese troopship 9848 Sunk[2]
23 December 1941 Hie/Hiyoshi Maru Japanese troopship 4943 Sunk[2]
23 December 1941 Hokkai Maru Japanese troopship 8416 Damaged[2]
23 December 1941 Nichiran Maru or Ninchinan Maru Japanese tanker/troopship ?/6503 Damaged[2]
20 June 1944 Tsugaru Japanese minelayer 4400 Damaged
23 June 1944 Dornia Maru Japanese landing craft 10 Sunk[2]
10 May 1945 ? Sampan 10 Sunk[2]
9 June 1945 ? Sampan 10 Sunk[2]
9 June 1945 ? Sampan 10 Sunk[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dutch Submarines: The K XIV submarine class". dutchsubmarines.com. 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Dutch Submarines: The submarine K XIV". dutchsubmarines.com. 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  3. ^ Helgason, Guðmundur (2013). "HNMS K XIV". uboat.net. Retrieved 8 October 2013.