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FRIEDRICH DER GROßE

Fleet

HochSeeFlotte

Ship Type

Battleship

Nickname

Grosse Frtiz

Ship Class

Kaiser

Grouping

III Battle Squadron

Command

Builder's Yard

A G Vulkan, Hamburg

Budget Year

Construction Notes

Contract name "Ersatz Heimdall". Christened by Princess Alexandra Victoria.

Date Laid Down

26.01.1910

Launch Date

10.06.1911

Completed date

Commission date

15.10.1912

Year laid down

1910

Year launched

1911

Year completed

Commission Year

1912

Pennant No

Photo Details

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Sister ships

Kaiser, Kaiserin, König Albert, Prinzregent Luitpold

Eventual Fate

Jutland result

The Friedrich der Große was the 8th ship in the battle group line after the four König class of the VI Division (She sailed behind Prinzregent Luitpold and ahead of Ostfreisland, flagship of Admiral Schmidt). The III Battle Squadron was followed by the Kaiser class of the VI Division, 17:48 - 17:52 Friedrich der Große with 10 battleships engaged the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron. Later the Friedrich der Große targeted HMS Nestor and sank her (Nassau also scored a hit). After 19:00 Behncke tried to cover the Wiesbaden with the III Squadron and most of German ships were firing on Warrior and Defence. However, Friedrich der Große and the I Squadron fired on Warspite at a range of 9.600 to 12,500 yards. In the night steaming, Friedrich der Große was the 9th ship in the line of 24 ships headed by the ships of the I Squadron. After 01:00 HMS Black Prince ran into the German line by mistake.The Thüringen illuminated her and Friedrich der Größe, Thüringen, Nassau and Ostfriesldand finished her off. Black Prince blew up with 857 on board.

Ready for action after dock repairs

Commander

Captain T Fuchs, Chef der Stabes: Kapitän zur See Adolf von Trotha, Chef der Operationsabteilung: Kapitän zur See Magnus von Levetzow, (Flagship of Chef der Hochseeflotte und Hochseestreitkräfte:Vizeadmiral Reinhard Scheer)

Noteable Officers

Crew complement

Officers

41

Ratings

Killed

Wounded

Prisoners

Displacement full Load (tons)

Artefacts Data

Ship's Model

Length (ft)

566

Length (mtrs)

172.4

Beam (ft)

95.1

Beam (mtrs)

29

Draught (ft)

30

Draught (mtrs)

9.1

Max. Speed (knots)

Range (miles)

14,630 km at 12 kts

Range (kilometres)

Fuel

Carried 3,500 long tons of coal

Propulsion

3 shaft AEG Curtis turbines with top service rating of 31,000 shp.

Armour Main Belt

14" (350 mm)

Deck Armour

Turret Armour IN CM

12" (300 mm)

Conning Tower Armour

16" (400 mm)

Barbette Armour

Weight of armour

Armour / Displacement Ratio

Watertight compartments

General Notes

Fire Control Table

Fire Control - Clock

Primary Gun calibre

30.5 cm (12”) SK L/50 guns

No. Primary Turrets

5

Guns (No.barrels)

10

Primary gun layout

Rounds per main gun

Effective broadside guns

Primary shell Weight (inches or cm)

Primary Broadside Weight

Secondary Gun Calibre

15 cm (5.9”) SK L/45 guns

Guns (No.barrels) 2

14

Rounds per secondary

Other Armament

Twelve 8.8 cm SK / 28 guns

Elevation (degrees)

Gunnery Range (yards)

Gunnery Range (metres)

Rate of Fire (rds per minute)

Shells expended Main

Mines dropped

Shells expended Secondary

Torpedoes fired

Gunnery Notes

Torpedo Type IN

20"

No. tubes

5

Torpedo Type MM

500 mm

No. Mines

Torpedo Notes

References & sources