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Prinz Eugen

Schwerer Kreuzer 1940-1946  Admiral Hipper  Class

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July 1940:   Before commissioned, the Prinz Eugen was twice hit by British bombs in the Germaniawerft, Kiel
01.08.1940:   Commissioned
- December 1940   Trials and training in the Baltic Sea, battle drills.
December 1940:   Final construction work in Kiel.
January - April 1941   Training in the Baltic Sea.
18.05.1941   Operation "Rheinübung":
Leaves Gotenhafen (Gdynia) together with battleship Bismarck .
21.05.1941   Anchoring in the Kors Fjord, Prinz Eugen and Bismarck are spotted by British air reconnaissance.
24.05.1941   Battle with British battlecruiser Hood and battleship Prince of Wales .
Prinz Eugen scores the first hit on the Hood which later explodes in the battle. After the Battle, in which the Prince of Wales is damaged too, the Prinz Eugen is sent off in the North Atlantic while the Bismarck tried to escape to France.
29.05.1941   Returns to Brest because of engine problems.
02.07 1941   Hit by a bomb in dock in Brest.
11.02.1942   Operation "Cerberus":
Returns to Germany via the British Channel together with battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisneau , escorted by by 6 destroyers (Paul Jakobi , Richard Beitzen , Friedrich Ihn , Hermann Schoemann , Z25 , Z29 ) and 14 torpedo boats (e.g. Kondor , Jaguar , T12 , T13 )
23.02.1942   Lost stern after a torpedo hit from the British submarine Trident outside the Drontheim Fjord while on transfer to Norway.
May - October 1942   Repairs in Kiel.
November 1942   Battle training in Baltic Sea together with Panzerschiff Lützow .
January 1943   Two unsuccessful transfer attempts to Norway.
May 1943   Used as a training ship.
July 1944   Stationed at the Finnish coast.
October 1944   Shore bombardment at the Kurland front line.
October 1944   Supported retiring German Army at Memel.
15.10.1944   Collides with light cruiser Leipzig north of Hela, only light damage at the Prinz Eugen .
11.1944 - 04.1945   Continued support of the German Army.
08.04.1945   Prinz Eugen sails to Copenhagen.
May 1945   Placed under British command.
December 1945   Handed over to the U.S., renamed as USS IX 300 .
13.01.1946   Sails to the United States.
10.05.1946   Transferred to Honolulu.
01.07.1946   Used in atomic bomb test "Able", only light damage.
25.07.1946   Used in atomic bomb test "Baker", ship took some damage below the waterline. After the tests, the Prinz Eugen is towed to the Kwajalein Atoll.
22.12.1946   After six days of increased list, the Prinz Eugen capsized and sinks.

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  Thanks to:  L. Bashkirov  A. Berg  B. Biechowski  A. Kyd-Rebenburg  S. Bekirow  L. R. Baker