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KMS Scharnhorst

The German battleship KMS Scharnhorst at sea in 1939.

The Scharnhorst-class were the first capital ships, alternatively referred to as battlecruisers or battleships, built for the German Navy (Kriegsmarine) after World War I. The class comprised two vessels: the lead ship Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Scharnhorst was launched first, and so she is considered to be the lead ship by some sources; however, they are also referred to as the Gneisenau-class in some other sources, as Gneisenau was the first to be laid down and commissioned. They marked the beginning of German naval rearmament after the Treaty of Versailles. The ships were armed with nine 28 cm (11 in) SK C/34 guns in three triple turrets, though there were plans to replace these weapons with six 38 cm (15 in) SK C/34 guns in twin turrets

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Battleship
  • Service Period: 1939-194X
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 772 feet (235.51 meters)
    • Beam: 98.4 feet (30 meters)
    • Draft: 31 feet 9 inches (9.68 meters)
    • Displacement: 32,100 tons (Standard); 38,100 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 1,669 (56 officers, 1613 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 3 Germania/Brown, Boveri & Co geared turbines, 3 three-bladed propellers, 151,893 shp
  • Range: 7,100 nautical miles (13,149 kilometers) at 19 knots (35.19 km/h)
  • Speed: 31 knots (57.41 km/h)
  • Armament:
    • 9 × 28cm/54.5-caliber SK C/34 naval guns (3x3)
    • 12 × 15cm/55-caliber SK C/28 naval guns (4x2, 4x1)
    • 14 × 10.5cm/65-caliber SK C/33 dual purpose naval guns (14x1)
    • 16 × 3.7cm/83-caliber SK C/30 anti-aircraft guns
    • 10 (later 16) × 2 cm/65-caliber C/30 or C/38 ant-aircraft guns
    • 6 × 533 mm torpedo tubes
  • Armour:
    • Main belt: 350 mm (13.78 inch)
    • Deck: 95 mm max
  • Aircraft Carried: 3 x Arado Ar.196A-3 floatplanes
  • Aviation Facilities: 1 x catapult

Unit RunEdit

  • KMS Scharnhorst
  • KMS Gneisenau
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