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sms coln ii Cln Class.  Another five ships of the class were launched but never completed - Wiesbaden, Magdeburg, Leipzig, Rostock and Frauenlob.  Another three were laid down but never launched - Ersatz Cln, Ersatz Emden and Ersatz Karlsruhe.

SMS Cln (ii)
Built Blohm and Voss, Hamburg, laid down August 1915, completed January 1918.

SMS Dresden (ii)
Built Howaldtswerke, Kiel, laid down 1916, completed March 1918.

Size:
Length 149.8 m waterline 155.5 m overall, beam 14.2 m, draught 6.22 m, displacement 5,620 tonnes  load 7,486 tonnes full load.

Propulsion:
2 shaft Navy turbines, 31,000 shp, 27.5 knots

Trials:
Cln 48,708 shp = 29.3 knots
Dresden 49,428 shp = 27.8 knots

Armour:
2.5-0.5in belt, 2.5-1in decks

Armament:
8 x 150mm (5.9in) SKL/45cal (8 x 1), 3 x 88mm (3 x 1), 4 x 600mm (23.6in) TT, 200 mines

Comments:
Another incremental increase in size.  Crew 559.

World War 1 Service:
Cln (ii)

1918 II Scouting Group.
Post war interned and scuttled at Scapa Flow.

Dresden (ii)
1918 II Scouting Group.
Post war interned and scuttled at Scapa Flow.

SMS Cln along with Dresden were the last German light cruisers to enter service in World War 1 and with both ships being successfully scuttled at Scapa flow their lives were short. sms coln ii

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