SMS Kaiser


The third class of German dreadnoughts brought some new innovations. Finally, the ships could be fitted with appropriate turbines, and the heavy turrets were mounted in a more efficient pattern, reducing their number to five. Three turrets were now mounted in the midship line, two were set as diagonal wing turrets, which finally enabled the ship to fire broadsides with ten rounds. One of them was laid out as new fleet flagship, to supplant the pre-dreadnought Deutschland in that role. In addition to the new turbine engines, some of the boilers were now oil fired, allowing for greater steam generation. The five ships of this class, all named after German princes, kings and the title of emperor and empress, entered fleet service in 1912.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 23003

Basic damage control capacity: 127%


Displacement: 24330 tons

Length: 172 m

Width: 29 m

Draught: 10 m

Standard crew: 1265


Maximum speed (undamaged): 22 knots

Endurance: 11118 km

Coal capacity: 3540 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 14

Hull armour: 8

Main belt armour: 16.4 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1.2 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


10 x 30,5cm SK L/50 13.5, centrally controlled. Ammo: 860 rounds

14 x 15cm SK L/45 20deg, centrally controlled. Ammo: 2240 rounds

8 x 8,8cm SK L/45, centrally controlled. Ammo: 2200 rounds

4 x 8,8cm Flak L/45, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1100 rounds

5 x 50cm G7 Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 14 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • Kaiser
  • Friedrich der Große
  • Kaiserin
  • König Albert
  • Prinzregent Luitpold