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The list of Kriegsmarine ships includes all ships commissioned into the Kriegsmarine, the navy of Nazi Germany, during its existence from 1935 to the conclusion of World War II in 1945.

See the list of naval ships of Germany for ships in German service throughout the country's history.

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Major warships

Name Class In service Displacement Image
Bismarck Bismarck class 1940-1941 42,000 tons
Bundesarchiv Bild 193-04-1-26, Schlachtschiff Bismarck.jpg
Tirpitz Bismarck class 1941-1944 42,000 tons
Tirpitz altafjord 2.jpg
Scharnhorst Scharnhorst class 1936-1943 32,000 tons
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-12, Schlachtschiff "Scharnhorst".jpg
Gneisenau Scharnhorst class 1936-1945 32,000 tons
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-01, Schlachtschiff "Gneisenau".jpg
Pre Dreadnought Battleships
Name Class In service Displacement Image
Hannover Deutschland class 1905-1944 15,000 tons
SMS Schlesien BainNews.jpg
Schleswig-Holstein Deutschland class 1906-1944 15,000 tons
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-47, Linienschiff "Schleswig-Holstein".jpg
Schlesien Deutschland class 1906-1945 15,000 tons
SMS Schlesien BainNews.jpg
Heavy cruisers
Name Class In service Displacement Image
Admiral Hipper Admiral Hipper class 1937-1945 14,000 tons
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-24, Schwerer Kreuzer "Admiral Hipper".jpg
Blücher Admiral Hipper class 1937-1940 14,000 tons
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-09, Kreuzer "Blücher".jpg
Prinz Eugen Admiral Hipper class 1938-1946 14,000 tons
PE Atomtest 1.jpg
Deutschland Deutschland class 1931-1945 12,000 tons
German cruiser Deutschland in 1935.jpg
Admiral Scheer Deutschland class 1933-1945 12,000 tons
Admiral Scheer in Gibraltar.jpg
Admiral Graf Spee Deutschland class 1934-1939 12,000 tons
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-06, Panzerschiff "Admiral Graf Spee".jpg
Light cruisers
Name Class In service Displacement Image
Emden Emden class 1925-1945 6,000 tons
Light Cruiser Emden in China 1931 crop.jpg
Königsberg Königsberg class 1927-1940 7,200 tons
Königsberg 3.jpg
Karlsruhe Königsberg class 1927-1940 7,200 tons
Kreuzer Karlsruhe 1934.JPG
Köln Königsberg class 1928-1945 7,200 tons
German light cruiser Köln underway during late 1930s.jpg
Leipzig Leipzig class 1929-1946 8,000 tons
Lot-2275-77 (26867167495).jpg
Nürnberg Leipzig class 1935-1960 8,000 tons
Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-63-69, Leichter Kreuzer "Nürnberg".jpg


Pre-dreadnought battleships

Heavy cruisers

Light cruisers


Destroyers and torpedo boats


Main article: German World War II destroyers

Torpedo boats

Main article: German torpedo boats of World War II

Auxiliary cruisers

Mine warfare craft



Main article: Sperrbrecher


Main article: M-class minesweeper (Germany)

R Boats

Main article: R boat

Mine hunters

Small craft


Main article: Schnellboot


Training submarines

Coastal submarines

Ocean-going submarines

Minelaying submarines

Supply submarines

Electric boats

Midget submarines

Human torpedoes

Auxiliary ships

Troop ships

Artillery training ships

Torpedo training ships

Radio-controlled targets

Sail training ships

Floating anti-aircraft batteries



Blockade runners/Auxiliary minelayers

Weather ships

Hospital ships

Fleet Tenders

Patrol boats

Main article: Vorpostenboot


Captured foreign warships

A significant number of foreign warships were captured and recommissioned into the Kriegsmarine.

Unfinished ships

Aircraft carriers

Heavy cruisers


Torpedo boats

A multitude of other ships also remained unfinished by the end of the war: escorts, gunboats, landing craft, fleet tenders, AA batteries, training ships, auxiliary ships, patrol boats, minelayers, mine hunters, fast torpedo attack boats (E-Boats) and more.

See also

List of ships of the Second World War


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  2. ^ Neculai Pădurariu, Reinhart Schmelzkopf, Die See-Handelsschiffe Rumäniens
  3. ^ H. T. Lenton, German warships of the Second World War, p. 374
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "11. Vorpostenflottille" (in Polish). Piotr Mierzejewski. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  5. ^ "NIELS IUEL i tysk tjeneste (1943-1945) En: NIELS JUEL in German service (1943-1945), Søren Nørby".
  6. ^ Breyer, Stephen, "German Aircraft Carriers", Schiffer Publishing Co, Atglen, PA