Reich Commissions A New Battleship
March 6, 1942

Berne, Switzerland

A Stockholm report received here this morning announced that the fourth German 35,000 ton battleship constructed under the 1936 German naval program, the Graf Zeppelin, had been commissioned and had arrived at Nordfjord, Norway, where it would be stationed for the present.

Three other important units of the German navy, the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, also reported to be in Norwegian waters at Trondheim undergoing repairs necessitated by the severe beating they absorbed from British sea and air forces after their escape from Brest.

Construction of the Graf Zeppelin was begun at Kiel early in 1939. She carries eight 15-inch and twelve 5.9-inch guns. She draws twenty-six feet of water.
(First published in U.S. newspapers March 7, 1942)

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