Royal Norwegian Navy, Ula class (German Type 210)

The Ula class is a Norwegian submarine type which was assembled in Germany in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The class, consisting of 6 vessels, is currently, 2009, the only submarine type in service with the Royal Norwegian Navy.
The ordering of a new submarine design stemmed from a 1972 decision to modernize the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) submarine flotilla, which then consisted of the aging Type 207, Kobben class submarines.

The construction of the vessels was an international project. The combat systems were made in Norway by Kongsberg, the attack sonar is German and the flank sonar French. The hull sections were produced in Norway, and then assembled in Germany by Thyessen Nordseewerke, Emden. In Germany, the design is known as the Type 210.

The Ula class submarines are among the most silent and maneuverable submarines in the world. This, in combination with the relatively small size, makes them difficult to detect from surface vessels and ideal for operations in coastal areas. The Ula class submarines are regarded as both the most effective and cost-effective weapons in the RNoN.

Specifications, Ula class:
Displacement (srf/sub tons):
Dimensions (L*B*D feet/meter): 193`7*17`8*15`1/59.0*4.50*4.60
Propulsion: 2*1,260hp MTU 16V 396 diesel-generator engines, 1*6,000hp Siemens electric motor, one shaft
Speed (srf/sub knots):
Range (srf/sub n/miles@knots): 5,000@8.0/ 400@4.5
Diving depth (feet/meter): 820/250
Complement: 20 officers and enlisted
Torpedo: 8*21" (533mm) bow torpedo tubes, containing a total of 14 torpedoes
Mines: none
Armament: none


A total of 6 submarines were delivered (1989-1992) to the RnoN, S-300 to S-305. All of them have their home base at Haakonsvern in Bergen.

Image Country Year Description
Norway 2009 Ula class submarine, 2009 (German type 210)
Norway 9999 Norwegian cancellation, Ula class submarine S-304 (HNoMS Uthaug), 12.06.2009, Oslo
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