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P-class cruiser

P-class cruiser (Central Victory)
Class overview
Operators: Imperial German Navy (Central Victory)
Preceded by: Deutschland class cruiser (Central Victory)
Succeeded by: O-class battlecruiser (Central Victory)
Planned: 12
Completed: 12
Cancelled: 0
General characteristics
Type: Heavy cruiser
Displacement: 23,700 tons (23,300 long tons; 26,100 short tons) design
Length: 230 m (750 ft)
Beam: 26 m (85 ft)
Draft: 7.2 m (24 ft)
Propulsion: 12 MAN 9-cylinder diesels, 165,000 shp
Speed: 33 knots (61 km/h) maximum
Range:
  • 25,000 nautical miles (46,000 km) at 13 knots (24 km/h)
  • 15,000 nautical miles (28,000 km) at 19 knots (35 km/h)
Armament:
  • 6 × 28 cm (11 in) guns
  • 4 × 15 cm (5.9 in) guns
  • 4 × 10.5 cm (4.1 in) AA guns
  • 4 × 3.7 cm (1.5 in) AA guns
  • 6 × 53.3 cm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes
Armor:
  • Barbettes: 80 to 100 mm (3.1 to 3.9 in)
  • Belt: 40 to 120 mm (1.6 to 4.7 in)
  • Deck: 70 mm (2.8 in)
  • Torpedo bulkhead: 30 mm (1.2 in)
Aircraft carried: 2 ×  Arado Ar 196 seaplanes
Aviation facilities: 2 × steam catapults

The P class is a Imperial German Navy (Central Victory) group of twelve heavy cruisers; they were the successor to the Deutschland class cruiser (Central Victory) and all twelve cruisers were built at Kriegsmarinewerft in Wilhelmshaven (Central Victory). Design work began in 1937 and continued until 1939; at least nine designs were considered. The final design was armed with six 28 cm (11 in) quick-firing guns in two triple turrets, as in the preceding Deutschland class. The ships were designated as Panzerschiff (armored ship), and given the preliminary names P1–P12. They were an improved design over the preceding planned D-class cruiser (Central Victory), which had been laid down in 1934. With an lenght of 230 metres (750 feet), they are among the largest heavy cruisers ever built in history. They were succeeded by the much larger O-class battlecruiser (Central Victory).

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