German Navy – Cruisers

German Navy cruisers (Kriegsmarine – Nazi Germany)

Prinz Eugen LOA 697′ TDISP 19,000 tons Admiral Hipper class heavy cruiser. (1940-1945) Surrendered VE Day, 8 May 1945. Escorted by a force including HMCS Iroquois from Denmark to Wilhelmshaven and subsequently transferred to US Navy as USS Prinz Eugen IX-300 (1946-1947). Used as a test ship during Operation Crossroads, Nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll, surviving two nuclear blasts with little structural damage (but heavily irradiated). Towed to Kwajalein Atoll where she capsized 22 December 1946. During 2018 the remaining fuel was salvaged from the wreck.

Prinz Eugen 1946 374-ANT-18-ABCR-227-243-061
USS Prinz Eugen 2 August 1946, during the Operation Crossroads atomic tests at Bikini Atoll. At this time the 8″ guns from the lead turret had been removed. NARA 374-ANT-18-ABCR-227-243-64
Prinz Eugen cruiser wreck Kwajalein Atill 2013
Prinz Eugen is capsized, with the wreck in deeper water towards the bow. The stern propeller and rudder are above water. The full length of the hull is indicated in this modified Google Earth/Maxar capture.
Prinz Eugen oil removal: Overhead Photo 04 September 2018
The U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and the Republic of the Marshall Islands recovered oil from the wreck of the Prinz Eugen in the Kwajalein Atoll, during 2018. The ships are the USNS Salvor and the oil tnnker Humber (U.S. Navy photo 4728613 by LeighAhn Ferrari, chief mate, U.S. Naval Ship Salvor)

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