Draken class II submarines
Over the years the Swedish Navy has had several classes of submarine. The Draken II class submarines were built in 1960-1961 at Kockum shipyard and were active up until the 1980s.
The Nordkaparen is a Draken class submarine, built at Kockums Mekaniska Verkstad in Malmö and delivered to the Swedish Navy in 1962. The main difference between her and earlier types is the stern, which was streamlined and fitted with a cross-rudder. The Nordkaparen also had a single large, slow-moving propeller which ran more quietly than the dual propellers used before. She was also fitted with a wire-guidance torpedo system. The torpedoes were stored in a revolver magazine, which simplified and reduced the time for reloading the torpedo tubes. The submarine is also fitted with a torpedo crane on the foredeck for salvaging torpedoes used in exercises.
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