Adapted monument submarine service unveiled

The submarine service monument was unveiled yesterday in Den Helder. The Commander of Naval Forces, Vice Admiral Matthieu Borsboom, spoke during the ceremony about the companionship of submarine personnel, depicted in the memorial.

That companionship was emphasized by the turnout of about 100 relatives and interested parties and the active submarine service staff.


Relatives of the submarine crewmembers who were killed during the Second World War requested the adaptation of the original monument. That wish has now been fulfilled: 2 extra plaques have been added with the names of the submarine service personnel who died in captivity or during the voyage to a submarine. So now it is a memorial for all submarine service personnel who were killed during the war.


On June 20, 1947 Queen Wilhelmina unveiled the monument in Rotterdam in memory of the crew of submarines who were killed in WW2. In 1961 the memorial was moved to the submarine service in Den Helder.