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Ships in class: Ships never named, only had letter designations: "H", "J", "K", "L", "M" and "N"
Notes: These ships were to be "the heart" of Adolph Hitler's "Z-Plan" Navy. Not only would these huge battleships have provided tough opposition for their counterparts in the Royal Navy, but they would have also served as a core of a "fleet in being" and as such, been of use as a political instrument. They were designed on the same general principles as the BISMARCK class, but larger in nearly every respect. Two ships ("H", at Blohm and Voss, Hamburg; and "J", at A G Weser, Bremen) were actually laid down (on 15 July and 15 August 1939, respectively); work was suspended on 10 October 1939. What little that had been completed was later scrapped on their slips to provide materials and manpower for the submarine building program. Seven of the main battery guns were completed; three formed the Battreie Lindemann at Cape Blanc Nez, and four were installed in concrete bunkers at Trondesnes, securing the Vestfjord leading to Narvik. The overall projected building time for each ship was four-and-a-half years.