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ORP Bielik (2003)

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ORP Bielik
Name: ORP Bielik
Commissioned: 2003
Homeport: Gdynia
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Kobben-class submarine
  • 435 tons surfaced
  • 485 tons 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 × 533 mm (21 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 1964–1967 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 The Kobben-class submarines were given to Poland in the 2002–2004 period after having been replaced by Ula-class submarines in Norway.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.