Turkish Yavuz Sultan Selim, NATOs only battle cruiser.
Sultan Selim (ex-SMS Goeben) in dry dock at Sevastopol for cleaning and
painting between 6-12 June 1918, after Germans captured the port. The
German-crewed “Ottoman” große kreuzer had not been in dry dock since
before the Great War; the Ottomans did not have a dock large enough to
service her, so all hull repairs were done with cofferdams – and repairs
were numerous. The ship was damaged on a variety of occasions,
particularly the January before this photo was taken; Yavuz had struck
three mines, run aground, and been damaged by two aerial bombs after the
raid on Imbros, in which she had sunk the monitors Raglan and M28. The
event had been a confused mass of activity; Ottoman and British aircraft
fighting overhead, indirect fire from a monitor while grounded, the
loss of Midilli (ex-Breslau) to at least five mines, and the dedicated
towing efforts of the old battleship Turgut Reis (ex-SMS Weißenburg) to
get the battlecruiser back to the Dardanelles.
Turkish Battlecruiser YAVUZ.
Yavuz Sultan Selim
Battlecruiser Yavuz Sultan Selim, ex-SMS Goeben. After she was interred in Turkey, she was gifted to the Ottoman Navy and remained with them until her decommissioning in 1950. She was renamed to just Yavuz in 1936, and was scrapped in 1973.
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