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Admiral Hipper Class
654 x 71 x 15
4 x 40mm
Peter Ording 2001
Considered a "lucky ship", she survived to the end of the war, although she participated in only two major actions at sea.
At the end of the war, the ship was surrendered to British at Copenhagen on May 7, 1945 and then was turned over to US forces in Germany during December 1945 and renamed "USS IX 300" .
On July 1, 1946 was used in atomic bomb test "Able" and sustained only light damage. On July 25, was used in atomic bomb test "Baker", ship took damage below the waterline. One of 50 ships that survived and was then towed to Kwajalein Atoll and inspected for radiation and bomb damage. The ship had been weakened by the blast and began to
take on water.
The crew's quarters are accessible with remains of bunks and personal effects. Mess area contains crockery. A latrine. Machinery and fire fighting gear is suspended on the deck. Amidships much has fallen onto the seabed including some AA guns and their mounts. Some items have been recovered from the bridge. The armament two large turrets with twin 8 inch barrels. Large 4.1" guns, dual and quad AA guns are almost all still intact. Port torpedo tubes have torpedoes in them.
The interior structure are intact and safe for exploration. Radiation is no longer a threat. But several divers have lost their lives in deep penetrations of the wreck.
The ship's bell was removed by US sailors prior to the atomic tests. Today, it is displayed at Navy Museum's Cold War Gallery at the Washington DC Navy Yard.
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