|USS Prinz Eugen|
|Constructed:||April 23rd, 1936|
|Launched:||Auguast 33rd, 1938|
|Commissioned:||August 1st, 1940|
|Sunk:||December 22nd, 1946|
|Resurfaced:||August 15th, 2012|
|Length:||207.7 m (681 ft 5 in)|
|Sister Ship:||Kriegsmarine Bismarck|
Kriegsmarine Prinz Eugen Later switched to the USS Prinz Eugen. Use to be a Nazi Kriegsmarine Heavy Battle Cruiser that once served in the Battle of the Atlantic during Operation Rheinübung along side The Bismarck. She was later captured by the British after the war in 1945 and was given to the United States, where they used her for niclear testing in which she survived 2 Atom bombs. By 1946, she was decommissioned and was left in Panama where she capsized and sank due too damage.
Eugen remained at the bottom of the Panama Canal for over 66 years, until August 15th, when a large group of Americans Coast guard members resurfaced, and repaired her. On August 29th, she was completed and was once again brought back into the United States Navy, during the United Nazi War. She was known to sink the Bismark during the Battle of Hor Sound, and was placed as a museum ship after the War, in 2016 along side the USS Intrepid.
Prinz Eugen was ordered by the Kriegsmarine from the Germaniawerft shipyard in Kiel. Her keel was laid on 23 April 1936, under construction number 564. She was originally to be named after Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, the Austrian victor of the Battle of Lissa, though considerations over the possible insult to Italy, defeated by Tegetthoff at Lissa, led to the Kriegsmarine to adopt Prinz Eugen as the ship's namesake. The ship was launched on 22 August 1938, and was completed two years later, on 1 August 1940, the day she was commissioned into the German fleet. As built, the ship had a straight stem, though after her launch this was replaced with a clipper bow. A raked funnel cap was also installed. Prinz Eugen was 207.7 meters (681 ft) long overall and had a beam of 21.7 m (71 ft) and a maximum draft of 7.2 m (24 ft). The ship had a design displacement of 16,970 t (16,700 long tons; 18,710 short tons) and a full load displacement of 18,750 long tons (19,050 t). Prinz Eugen was powered by three sets of geared steam turbines, which were supplied with steam by twelve ultra-high pressure oil-fired boilers. The ship's top speed was 32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph), at 132,000 shaft horsepower (98,000 kW). As designed, her standard complement consisted of 42 officers and 1,340 enlisted men. Prinz Eugen's primary armament was eight 20.3 cm (8.0 in) SK L/60 guns mounted in four twin gun turrets, placed in superfiring pairs forward and aft.[b] Her anti-aircraft battery was to have consisted of twelve 10.5 cm (4.1 in) L/65 guns, twelve 3.7 cm (1.5 in) guns, and eight 2 cm (0.79 in) guns. The ship also would have carried a pair of triple 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo launchers abreast of the rear superstructure. The ship was to have been equipped with three Arado Ar 196 seaplanes and one catapult. Prinz Eugen's armored belt was 70 to 80 mm (2.8 to 3.1 in) thick; her upper deck was 12 to 30 mm (0.47 to 1.2 in) thick while the main armored deck was 20 to 50 mm (0.79 to 2.0 in) thick. The main battery turrets had 105 mm (4.1 in) thick faces and 70 mm thick sides.
The Second World War & AfterEdit
Prinz Eugen was an Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser, the third member of the class of five vessels. She served with the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. The ship was laid down in April 1936 and launched August 1938; Prinz Eugen entered service after the outbreak of war, in August 1940. The ship was named after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an 18th century Austrian general.
Prinz Eugen saw extensive action during Operation Rheinübung, an attempted breakout into the Atlantic Ocean with the battleship Bismarck in May 1941. The two ships engaged the British battlecruiser Hood and battleship Prince of Wales in the Battle of Denmark Strait, during which Hood was destroyed and Prince of Wales was severely damaged. Prinz Eugen was detached from Bismarck during the operation to raid Allied merchant shipping, but this was cut short due to engine troubles. After putting in to occupied France and undergoing repairs, the ship participated in Operation Cerberus, a daring daylight dash through the English Channel back to Germany. In February 1942, Prinz Eugen was deployed to Norway, although her time stationed there was cut short when she was torpedoed by the British submarine Trident days after arriving in Norwegian waters. The torpedo severely damaged the ship's stern, which necessitated repairs in Germany.
Upon returning to active service, the ship spent several months training new officer cadets in the Baltic before serving as artillery support to the retreating German Army on the Eastern Front. After the German collapse in May 1945, the ship was surrendered to the British Royal Navy before being transferred to the US Navy as a war prize. After examining the ship in the United States, the US Navy assigned the cruiser to the Operation Crossroads nuclear tests in the Bikini Atoll. After surviving both atomic blasts, Prinz Eugen was towed to Kwajalein Atoll where she ultimately capsized and sank in December 1946.
United Nazi WarEdit
- Main article: Attack on The Panama Canal
Battle of LondonEdit
- Main article: Battle of London
Liberation of The BronxEdit
- Main article: Second Battle of The Bronx
Battle of Shore CityEdit
- Main article: Nazi Florida attack of 2014
Battle of Hor SoundEdit
- Main article: Battle of Hor Sound
As the German land Invasion was separated from the Bismarck due to the arrival of the Prinz Eugen, a large chase was commenced. As the Prinz Eugen moved the Bismarck out of the harbor, a large chase was resulted in the progress. The Bismarck responded revealing the chase, by firing several shots from her bow cannons in hopes of hitting Eugen's main ammuntion storages just as the old and new Hood's way of destruction. However neither ship, had a great sight on eachother due too the raging sea, and the mysterious chaing weaher, in which started to make the entire ocean filled with dark grey fog, which would later be followed by a large heavy down pour in the process.
It was later shown on a TV, aboard the Prinz Eugen (That was just recently installed during the ship's remodling in 2012.) That the 2 were sailing right into a incoming hurricane, that had just been formed somewhere in the south. At one point, the Prinz Eugen, attempted to divert it's course out of the hurricane's reach, but fog and the raging seas made steering the super cruiser very difficult. The Bismarck managed to send a shell into the stern of the Eugen, but the damaged was non leathel, due pour sight that both ships were experiencing. At one point the intense sea managed to hit both ships in which prevented either one from escaping the Hurricane. Just than the Prinz Eugen, continued it's coursed towards the south, hopping that the hurricane wont move towards there course. The Bismarck's speed began to intensify allowing the Nazi Battleship too catch up with the Prinz Eugen. While being close behind, the Bismarck used the Prinz Eugen's stern lighting too it's advantage and began to fire multiple rounds at her.
Though the ship was seen, at a short distance away, the sea prevented a clear shot, in which would allow the shells to splash against the water instead of the Prinz Eugen itself. Realizing that the Bismarck was now closing in on the Eugen, the sailors switched off all lighting towards the Eugen, in which allowed the Germans too lose sight of her within the clouds of the intense fog.
The Bismarck however had it's own plans, and began to use search light's that were powerful enough too even cut through fog. The U.S. sailors knew that the Bismarck would cause this type of antics, and automatically began to speed up the Eugen, upt to about 61 knots, in hopping to stay ahead. Luckily the ship managed to get farthere away allowing it to be covered by fog too thick that a search light can no longer shine from. As the Prinz Eugen continued on, the crew had no idea that they were approaching a reef that was up ahead.
Due to the pour visability, the Eugen struck a reef in which prevented the ship from going any farther. At one point the sailers thought that they were now trapped, but the raging sea managed to lift the heavy cruiser off the reef and allow them a chance to move around. While sailers raced down into the lower decks to prevent flooding, the Prinz Eugen, attempted too make it's way around the reef only to be blocked by the Bismarck, that had just arrived as well. The Prinz Eugen was now trapped with now where else to go, and had too make there stand right in this U shapped reef even if it meant ending up like the New Hood 3 years ago. As the Prinz Eugen was now on the verge of sinking, the Bismarck fired 2 more shells against he Heavy cruiser, and was now slowly moving towards her at a speed of about 12 Knots. The storm however was now starting to clear, a little at a time, with the first change of wind speed dying down, and the heavy fog slowly lifting away as well in the process.
The raging ocean began too calm a bit, in which allowed both ships too finally become stable again. The Germans now sensing there victory, managed to strike the Prinz Eugen's stern section by ramming the Bismarck right into it, and allowing Nazi sailors to board her. The battle now turning from naval too land,quickly averted all sailors of the Prinz Eugen to take up arms in defending there ship against the Nazi boarders. The Bismarck than went in reverse and dropped anchor from about 4 feet away, and just remained on stand by as the her sailors invaded the Eugen.
The Nazi sailors managed to occupy the ruins of the radio room as well as the officers quarters, but the Germans were eventually driven back towards the stern. The Bismarck now knowing that it was pointless for resistance began to aim It's upper bow turret towards the Eugen's fuel spot in the center of the ship, but the Eugen responded first by firing the last of it's shells from the Stern section, allowing the shot too pierce the final turret on the Bismarck's bow section causing an intense explosion that would spread all the way too the bridge, obliterating the entire room. Finally the one engine was brought back up into the a lit position, and the Prinz Eugen was able to slowly move away from the front of the Bismarck and towards her side, where she used the last of her bow ammunition in which finally ripped the heart of the Bismarck sending her sinking towards the bottom of the Caribbean.
After the United Nazi WarEdit
- Prinz Eugen was given the new name, Ocean Queen, after the United Nazi War's End...