Dutch dolphin drops by

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DUTCH submarine HNLMS Dolfijn has slipped into Portsmouth this week for a routine stopover before continuing on her patrols.

The 2,350-tonne boat and her crew of 55 are staying at Portsmouth Naval Base until tomorrow. Dolfijn is one of four submarines in the Royal Netherlands Navy which have been in service since 1990 and are all named after sea mammals.

The last time she visited Portsmouth was in February 2010.

In 1993, Dolfijn helped enforce a trade embargo along the coast of the former Yugoslavia during the NATO operation Allied Force.