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CRUISERS

SP1 light cruisers

SP1

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
SP1 (ex-Z40)     Germaniawerft, Kiel 1941 --- --- cancelled mid-1942

  

Displacement standard, t

5037

Displacement full, t

5900

Length, m

145.0 wl 152.2 oa

Breadth, m

14.6

Draught, m

4.60

No of shafts

3

Machinery

CODAS: 2 sets Wagner geared stem turbines, 4 Wagner boilers (2 shafts) + 4 2-stroke 6-cyl double action MAN diesels (1 shaft)

Power, h. p.

77500 + 14500 = 92000

Max speed, kts

35.5

Fuel, t

oil + diesel oil = 820

Endurance, nm(kts) 8000(17)

Armour, mm

belt: 15, deck: (12 - 10) + 15, turrets: 30 - 20, bridges: 15 - 10, anti-torpedo bulkhead: 15 - 12

Armament

3 x 2 - 149/46 Tbts KC/36T, 1 x 2 - 88/72 SKC/32, 4 x 2 - 37/80 SK C/30, 3 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 5 - 533 TT, 50 mines

Electronic equipment FuMO 21 radar

Complement

520

Ship project history: Order on first scout cruisers was given out 17/2/1941 instead of cancelled destroyers Z40-42 of 1936A(Mob) type. However these ships were still named Z40-42 till December, 1941, when they were renamed as SP1-3 (Spähkreuzers or scout cruisers) in parallel with old names (Z40-42)... Rate of building was lowered after British air raid on Kiel in spring 1941, and really only SP1 was laid down. Her building was suspended in mid-1942 in hull was broken up on the stocks next year. Ordered for Germaniawerft SP2 and 3 were never really laid down but preparation works were conducted. Planned SP4-6 were never ordered, only orders on main turbines were placed.

Ship protection: Light armour protected local areas of ship. There was no full belt, only magazines had 15-12mm box protection. 10mm main deck had 12mm slopes, upper deck had 15mm plating. Underwater protection consisted of 15-12mm longitudinal bulkhead. Turrets had 30mm faces and 20mm sides, rears and roofs. Fore and aft bridges had 10mm sides and 15mm roofs.

Ivan Gogin, 2008-14