SMS Kronprinz (Crown Prince) was the last battleship of the four-ship
König class of the Imperial German Navy, laid down in 1911 and launched
on 21 February 1914. The ship was armed with ten 30.5-centimeter
(12.0 in) guns in five twin turrets and could steam at a top speed of
21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph). Along with her three sister ships, König,
Grosser Kurfürst and Markgraf, Kronprinz took part in most of the World
War I fleet actions, including the 1916 Battle of Jutland. She was
torpedoed by the British submarine HMS J1 in November 1916 during an
operation off the Danish coast. Following repairs, she participated in
Operation Albion, an amphibious assault in the Baltic, in October 1917.
After Germany's defeat in the war and the signing of the Armistice in
November 1918, Kronprinz and most of the capital ships of the High Seas
Fleet were interned by the Royal Navy in Scapa Flow, and later scuttled
by their German crews.
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