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Notes: These ships were an improvement on the preceding KAISER class battleships, especially in the layout of main battery turrets; all five were on the center line, with superfiring pairs both fore and aft. The funnels were closer together than the KAISERs. All four exceeded speed requirements on trials; the GROSSER KURFÜRST supposedly reached 24 knots, but was outpaced by KÖNIG at Jutland. They were regarded as very good sea boats.
Upon commissioning, KÖNIG joined with her sister ships to form the 3rd Squadron, 5th Division of the High Seas Fleet. KÖNIG took part in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. Her gun crews expended 167 rounds of 12" ammunition, 137 rounds of 5.9", and one torpedo. During the course of the battle, KÖNIG took one 15", nine 13.5" hits, and four 6" hits. 45 of her crew were killed, and another 27 wounded. Following repairs (which lasted until 21 July 1916), KÖNIG returned to service. Along with most of the High Seas Fleet, KÖNIG was scuttled at Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919. She was raised and broken up in 1962.