German Friedrich der Grosse Battleship, 1912


SMS Friedrich der Grosse (also spelt Gro?e) was a German Kaiser class battleship built before World War I which served in the High Seas Fleet of the Kaiserliche Marine, the German Imperial Navy, during that war.

The second of five ships in her class, she was built by AG Vulcan at Stettin, launched on 10 June 1911, and commissioned on 15 October 1912. Friedrich der Grosse, named after King Frederick II of Prussia, commonly known as "Frederick the Great", was assigned to the 3rd Battleship Squadron, along with her sisters, and she served as the flagship of the High Seas Fleet (Hochseeflotte) until 14 March 1917. She participated in a number of fleet operations in 1914 and 1915. In 1916, in the 1st Battle Squadron under Admiral Reinhard Scheer, led the German fleet in the Battle of Jutland. Following Jutland, the German fleet rarely ventured from its ports, so that the ship's subsequent career was rather uneventful, comprising occasional sorties into the North Sea, operations in the Baltic Sea in 1917, and a final unsuccessful raid in 1918 toward Stavanger in Norway.

Following the armistice at the end of World War I, the ship, along with the entire rest of the High Seas Fleet, was interned at Scapa Flow, where she was scuttled by her crew on 21 June 1919 to prevent her from becoming the war booty of any of the Allied Powers. On 29 April 1937, the wreck was refloated upside down by Metal Industries Ltd. She arrived at Rosyth on 5 August 1937, where she was broken up in a dry-dock.

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