It is a hundred years this year since the launching of Norway’s first submarine at Germaniawerft in Kiel.his submarine, which was christened "Kobben" and later renamed A-1,surpassed all expectations and in 1911 a decision was made to build another three submarines at the same shipyard. A fifth was also started, but it was confiscated by the German navy when the first world war broke out.The history of Norwegian submarines really began in 1808, when a
village genius and blacksmith, Mikkel Hallsteinson Lofthus from
Hardanger, designed the first known Norwegian underwater boat. He
submitted drawings to a society in Bergen that promoted useful
products, but the boat was never built. There was too little interest
and not enough money. However this was put right 101 years later.