||Test and trials. Attached to the South East Asia squadron.
||Sent to South East Asia via South America. Leaves Kiel.
||Arrived in Montevideo, meets with the small cruiser Bremen
||Visit to Buenos Aires.
||After voyage around Cape Horn, the Emden
leaves Talcahunano to cross the Pacific.
||Arrived in Tahiti.
||Joins the German cruiser squadron at Samoa.
||Based at the Jangtsekiang.
||Various operations in South East Asia.
||To prevent to be captured at the port of Tsingtau, the Emden
leaves the base just before the outbreak of the war.
captures the Russian steamer Rjäsan
which is refitted as auxiliary cruiser Cormoran
||After a meeting with the other ships of the cruiser squadron at the Marianas, the Emden
is sent into the
Indian Ocean for commerce warfare.
captures the Greek freighter Pontoporos
|-mid September 1914:
||Seven other ships are captured or sunk.
shells the oil storage at the port of Madras, causing heavy damage in the storage facilities.
||In a night surprise attack, the Emden
enters the port of Penang. Equipped with a forth false funnel, the
Emden is able to deceive the Russian cruiser Schemtschug
, and sink the ship from a distance of only 300 meters. The French destroyer Mousquet
is sunk while the Emden
leaves the port.
||While attacking the radio/cable station on the Cocos-Islands with a landing party, the Emden
is surprised by the Australian cruiser Sydney
. Outgunned by the Australian ship, the Emden
is wrecked in a two hour battle and is beached on a reef at the North Keeling Island. 134 of the 376 crew members are killed.
||The wreck of the Emden
, is destroyed in a tropical storm.