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Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven

Kriegsmarinewerft (or, prior to 1935, Reichsmarinewerft) Wilhelmshaven was, between 1918 and 1945, a naval shipyard in the German Navy's extensive base at Wilhelmshaven, (80 miles (130 km) west of Hamburg).

Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven
Industry Shipbuilding
Fate Dismantled after World War II
Founded 1918
Defunct 1945
Headquarters Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Products Warships


The shipyard was founded on the site of the Wilhelmshaven Imperial Shipyard which had been closed down after World War I.

In 1935, the name was changed to Kriegsmarinewerft Wilhelmshaven (Wilhelmshaven Naval Shipyard) when the German navy (Reichsmarine) was renamed Kriegsmarine by the Nazi Third Reich

During 1939-1945, the yard's main activities were in building U-boats and repairing damaged warships. Personnel were often assigned to organizing naval facilities in occupied countries, e.g., in the ports of Lorient, Brest and St. Nazaire. At the war's end there were about 17,000 workers.

Polish and British troops reached Wilhelmshaven in May 1945. For a time, the yard refurbished ships to be sent to the Allies as war reparations but, from 1946, most buildings and equipment were either dismantled or blown up.

Since 1957, part of the site has housed an arsenal for the German Navy (Deutsche Bundesmarine).[citation needed]

Selection of ships builtEdit


  • G. Koop, K. Galle, F. Klein, Von der Kaiserlichen Werft zum Marinearsenal, Bernard & Graefe Verlag München, 1982, ISBN 3-7637-5252-8