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Submarines of the HVEDE class (1938):

Have technological developments
gone too far?

During many years the Navy has been in involved in developing technologically advanced weapons systems.

By Johnny E. Balsved

There is probably no doubt that the Danish navy has worked on many different projects over the years, some have been public and some have been more secretive.

The purpose has likely been to improve the Navy, the tactics, the ships and the weapons.

I have received the photo seen below from an unnamed source.

The photo appears to reveal an unknown, and perhaps secret, modification experiment involving one of the H-class submarines.

The experiment likely took place toward the end of the 1930's.

Three of the four H-class submarines

Three of the four H-class submarines, left the HAVKALEN, in the middle the HAVMANDEN and to the right the HAVFRUEN with the strange modification.
(Photographer unknown)

Bottle opener rather than depth charges?

Despite intense research in many archives I have not succeeded in finding out what the purpose of this experiment might have been.

Perhaps some submariners simply reckoned that it was better to be hunted by a bottle opener rather than depth charges?

Did the Naval Dockyard know something that no one else was aware of back then?

Officially the HVEDE (wheat) beer was launched only in 2001!

The original photo

For the sake of good order I am also including the photo which was published in the media around the same time.

Three of the four H-class submarines

Three of the four H-class submarines, left the HAVKALEN, in the middle the HAVMANDEN and to the right the HAVFRUEN.
(Photo: Archives of the Royal Danish Naval Museum)

Translated by J. D. Nielsen

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