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UPDATED: The three boats in the running to be the Netherlands' next submarine

24th November 2022 - 11:19 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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Over the next decade, the Netherlands' submarine force will drop to two boats as the country retires ageing Walrus-class vessels (HNLMS Walrus pictured) and develop a successor class. (Photo: USN)

Three European shipyards remain in contention to build four new submarines for the Royal Netherlands Navy.

The Netherlands, on 16 November, requested quotes from three shipbuilders - Saab Kockums, Naval Group and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) - furthering its plans to buy a replacement for its Walrus-class boats.

The three companies are expected to submit bids in the summer of 2023, after which the Dutch MoD will analyse the offerings and select a yard to build the new boats.

The RfQ is a significant step forward for the programme. However, post-contract award, the Netherlands expects it will take around a decade before the first two submarines enter operations.

Two of the four in-service Walrus-class boats

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