Submarine sighting off the Costa del Sol sparks social media frenzy
Social media has been ablaze with excitement since Thursday as photographs of a mysterious submarine off the Costa del Sol have sent waves of intrigue and speculation across the internet. The vessel in question has been confirmed to be HNLMS Zeeleeuw, a Dutch navy submarine, also known as the "sea lion."
The HNLMS Zeeleeuw, which first entered service in 1990, underwent a significant upgrade around 2014, enhancing its capabilities and ensuring it remains a force to be reckoned with. For the next few days, the Port of Malaga's secure zone will play host to this impressive naval craft, with public access anticipated to be restricted during its stay.
This Walrus-class wonder measures 69 metres in length, spans 8.5 metres in width, and boasts an impressive weight of 2,650 tonnes. With a maximum draught of 7.5 metres and the astonishing ability to descend to depths of 300 metres, makes the HNLMS Zeeleeuw a true titan of the deep.
What truly sets this maritime marvel apart is its arsenal of powerful weaponry, including Mark 48 torpedoes and Harpoon missiles, ready for naval manoeuvres and military interventions wherever duty calls.
Propelled by a diesel-electric system churning out a formidable 3,132 kW, the HNLMS Zeeleeuw commands an impressive speed of 13 knots on the surface, which surges to an incredible 20 knots when submerged. Its remarkable range spans up to 10,000 nautical miles, making it a true global guardian of the seas.
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