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Sister ships: GAZELLE, NIOBE, NYMPHE, THETIS, ARIADNE, AMAZONE, MEDUSA, FRAUENLOB, UNDINE
Notes: The GAZELLE class were the first "modern" light German light cruisers, and the first to mount the 4.1" (105mm) guns which the German Navy believed to be the best for dealing with the threat of opposing destroyers and torpedo boats; this was due to its lighter shell which brought about easier handling and greater rate of fire. They served in the dual roles as fleet scout and overseas cruisers. The entire class had been placed in reserve, but were quickly mobilized at the start of World War I. ARCONA was once again withdrawn from front-line duty in 1916 and modified to carry and lay 200 mines; in this capacity, she served for the remainder of World War I. ARCONA was not scrapped following World War I, but remained in service with an armament of four 4.1" guns. She was stricken from the active roster in January, 1930. ARCONA was converted to a floating anti-aircraft battery for the defense of Wilhelmshaven in 1942, with an armament of five 105mm, four 37mm and sixteen 20mm guns. ARCONA was scuttled on 3 May 1945; her wreck raised and broken up in 1948-49.