Wiesbaden Class Light Cruisers

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sms wiesbaden Wiesbaden Class.  The completion of these ships was delayed by the outbreak of the war.  They were the first German light cruisers designed to carry the 150mm (5.9in) gun, although they were not the first to be completed with them.

SMS Wiesbaden
Built Vulcan, Stettin, laid down 1913, completed August 1915.

SMS Frankfurt
Built Kiel Navy Dockyard, laid down January 1913, completed August 1915.

Size:
Length 141.7 m waterline 145.3 m overall, beam 13.9 m, draught 5.8 m, displacement 5,180 tonnes load 6,601 tonnes full load.

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

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

Armament:
8 x 150mm (5.9in) SKL/ 45cal (1 x 2), 2 x 88mm (2 x 1), 4 x 500mm (19.7in) TT, 120 mines

Comments:
Yet another class to basically the same design but with a minor increase in size on their predecessors.  Crew 474.

World War 1 Service:
Wiesbaden

1915 II Scouting Group.
24 April 1916 Took part in raid of Lowestoft.
31 May-1 June 1916 Took part in and sunk at the Battle of Jutland.

Frankfurt
1915 II Scouting Group.
24 April 1916 Took part in raid of Lowestoft.
31 May-1 June 1916 Took part in  the Battle of Jutland.
October 1917 Operations at the Baltic Islands in the Gulf of Riga.
17 November 1917 engaged with British cruisers in second Battle of Heligoland Bight.
After the war interned at Scapa Flow.  Attempt to scuttle failed and ceded to USA
1921 Sunk as target.

SMS Wiesbaden best known for being sunk at the Battle of Jutland being crippled by the British battlecruiser HMS Invincible and then the crippled ship being repeated hit by a variety of British ships, the exact number of hits received not being known. sms wiesbaden

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