USS IX 300 - Prinz Eugen


The German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen was launched in Kiel in 1938, and put in service for Kriegsmarine in the summer 1940. She participated in several operations ranging from open naval engagements in the Atlantic to support for the Wehrmacht on the Eastern front. She also sailed together with the battleship Bismarck when they battled the British naval forces in 1941 at Denmark Strait, where HMS Hood was sunk. She was the only major German warship that survived the second world war. In the beginning of 1946 Prinz Eugen was taken over by the US Navy and renamed USS IX 300 under command of Captain Graubart. In July the same year she was used as a target ship at Bikini Island under the testing of two atomic bombs, Operation Crossroad and Baker. After the tests she was towed out to Kwajalein where she sank six days later. The wreck of Prinz Eugen rest today upside-down with parts of her hull above surface and down to approx 30 meter. In a joint operation by US Navy and the Republic of Micronesia, the wreck was emptied of oil in the autumn 2018.

Former names:
USS IX 300
Prinz Eugen
212,5 x 21,8 x 7,2 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
18750 grt
Kiel ( D ) 1940 ( US )

Picture: Prinz Eugen
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"Prinz Eugen , often called the "lucky ship" was the only major German warship that survived the war and was sunk after atomic bomb test in the Kwajalein Atoll. Some parts of the ship's equipment is still existing today: One of its float planes is now in the Silverhill Storage of the Smithsonian. The ship bell is now in the US Naval Museum at Washington, the guns of turret Anton (which were removed before the atomic bomb tests) are still at weapons Testing Facility in Dahgren, Virginia. One of the props was salvaged from the wreck and is now on display at the Marineehrenmal in Laboe, Germany"