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A Small History of Swiss Submarines

by Pascal Mauron

 

 

Introduction

    A little bit more than six months ago, Neal asked me to write something on submarines in my country as a reward for some piece of data he sent me. It seems he didnít look that close at my e-mail address, because he didnít notice that it ends with ".ch", which stands for "Confoederatio Helvetica". I live in Switzerland, a land-lock country, with only a fluvial harbour on the river Rhine and 30-ish ships on the oceans. What could the Swiss army, though famous for its multi-purpose pocket knife (without cork-screw for privates! What a shame...), do with a submarine force? There are no Swiss military submarines.  So my contribution to the Subsim Review could have ended here. But there are nonetheless a few Swiss-designed and/or built submarines, four of which are amongst the most famous ones in the world.

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