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The Imperial Navy is the Naval Arm of the Imperial Armed Forces of Auwalt, which is usually simply referred to as the Marine. Currently, the Imperial Navy roundabout 250,000 officers and men, as well as 15,000 women, under arms.

History

Traditions

  • Faden: The Faden, fd, is a unit of measurement still used in expressing calibers. 1 fd = 1.82 cm/1 cm = 0.55 fd.
  • One of the main-suppliers are the Imperatorwerften Wahlerhaven.

Command and Organization

See Main Articles: Structure of the Imperial Navy in 1930, Marine-Schützen-Korps.

High Command

Marine-Schützen-Korps (Naval Infantry)

Imperial Naval Aviation

For their aircraft, see: List of Aircraft in service with the Imperial Armed Forces.

While the Imperial Navy lacks a 'true' aircraft carrier (at least until 1933, when both units of the Waldschatten-class Aircraft Carriers are ready), it does possess three smaller carriers with a capacity of around a hundred aircraft in total, a number of seaplane carriers and many of the larger ships carry floatplanes. A number of seaplanes used from shore bases are used to fulfill patrol duties along the waters of the Empire.

It is estimated by foreign observers, that the Imperial Navy is around five to ten years behind in development and utilization of aircraft.

Supporting Arms and Branches

Doctrine

The Imperial Navy relies on the doctrine of Command of the Sea and maintains the strength necessary to ensure that no enemy can (or should) attack it directly. Primacy is put on the absolute control of the own home waters and its trade routes, both those along the shores and those leading to far-off lands.

To that end, the Imperial Navy maintains a large and strong battle fleet, capable of challenging an enemy battle fleet to battle and coming out of top. Part of that battle fleet are also battlecruisers, "the heavy cavalry of the Fleet", and lighter cruisers, "the light cavalry of the Fleet." The Kreuzer-Kavallerie-Dogma, or Cruiser-Cavalry-Dogma, came into being around 1916, with the design work of the Tauläufer-class Battlecruisers.

Additionally, the cruisers like the Prinzessin-class Cruisers can and are employed in escorting roles together with destroyers like the Zerstörer 1925 and Flottenbegleitern like the Flottenbegleiter 1928.

In order to facilitate longer ranges and easier resupplies of vessels, the Imperial Navy only operates ships with oil-fired boilers in frontline roles (several types of supply ships still use coal or an oil-coal mixture). Currently, the Imperial Navy is experimenting with diesel-powered vessels.

The Imperial Navy long since determined, that aircraft carriers would not play a major role in naval warfare in the foreseeable future and estimates, that the submarine will be deciding factor in future naval wars, especially when it comes to commerce raiding. However, that does not mean, that an aircraft or a swarm of aircraft can not pose a danger to a ship or a fleet, which is why newer vessels of the Imperial Navy are equipped with anti aircraft weaponry. The Imperial Navy is also experimenting with smaller carriers themselves (see Early Aircraft Carriers of the Imperial Navy).

Ongoing Operations

Equipment

See Category: Equipment of the Imperial Navy.

The Imperial Navy is running a large naval modernization and expansion program since 1925, which saw the replacement of a huge number of old and over-aged ships with newer vessels. First and foremost, the Pride of the Navy are the battleships, first and foremost those of the Eyckenbaum- and Imperatrix Gundel classes.

In 1929, the Imperial Navy decommissioned the last frontline warships with coal-fired boilers and now only operates frontline ships with oil-fired boilers, although the first vessels with diesel engines are currently on shakedown. A number of support and supply vessels still operate on coal-fired boilers.


Equipment of the Imperial Navy
Ships
Battleships: Eyckenbaum-class Battleship, Imperatrix Gundel class Battleship, Bucks-class Fast Battleship
Battlecruisers/"The heavy cavalry of the Fleet": Feuerreiter-class Battlecruiser, Tauläufer-class Battlecruiser, Furtenland-class Battlecruiser
Aircraft Carriers: Waldschatten-class Aircraft Carrier (under construction), Early Aircraft Carriers of the Imperial Navy

Boats

Cruisers/"The light cavalry of the Fleet": Prinzessin-class Cruiser, Stadt-class Scout Cruiser,
Destroyers: Zerstörer 1925 (Z-151 to Z-210, 60 units), Einheitszerstörer a.k.a. Zerstörer 1918 (Z-121 to Z-150, 30 units) and Zerstörer 1915 (Z-113 to Z-130, 18 units), Zerstörer 1910 (42 units, Z-71 to Z-100 decommissioned, Z-101 to Z-112 in service)
Frigates/Flottenbegleiter: Flottenbegleiter 1928
Torpedo Boats: Torpedoboot 1922
Submarines:

Supply and Support Vessels

Mine Warfare Vessels:
Tenders:
Replenishment Oilers:
Hospital Ships:
Depot Ships:
Ammunition Ships:
Other: SIM Kloster Garremach (training ship, under construction), Unterstützungsboot 1917 (support boat)

Other Equipment

Battleship Artillery: Modell 24 Fd. 25 Gun (45.5 cm gun), Modell 22 Fd. 22 Gun (40 cm gun)
Fd. 19.5 Guns (35.5 cm guns): Modell 18 Fd. 19.5 Gun, Modell 28 Fd. 19.5 Gun
Cruiser Artillery: Modell 25 Fd. 8.25 Gun (15 cm gun)
Fd. 11 Guns (20 cm guns): Modell 10 Fd. 11 Gun, Modell 15 Fd. 11 Gun, Modell 21 Fd. 11 Gun, Modell 28 Fd. 11 Gun
Destroyer Artillery:
Fd. 5.5 Guns (10 cm guns): Modell 11 Fd. 5.5 Gun, Modell 18 Fd. 5.5 Gun, Modell 26 Fd. 5.5 Gun (dual purpose mount)
For destroyers with delusions of grandeur: Modell 25 Fd. 8.25 Gun
Anti-Aircraft Artillery: Modell 31 Fd. 2 Gun (36 mm AA-gun, in development), Modell 20 Fd. 1.4 Gun (2.55 cm AA-gun), Modell 26 Fd. 5.5 Gun (10 cm gun, dual purpose mount)
Torpedoes: Fd. 24.7 Aerial Torpedo (450 mm torpedo), Fd. 33.5 Torpedo (610 mm torpedo)
Rockets: Rockets of the Imperial Navy
Mines: Naval mines of the Imperial Navy
Aircraft: List of Aircraft in service with the Imperial Armed Forces
Radar: In development
Sonar: Present and accounted for

Also see: Women in the Imperial Armed Forces, Doctrine of the Imperial Navy, Structure of the Imperial Navy in 1930, Marine-Schützen-Korps, Imperatorwerften Wahlerhaven.
Competitors: Shipclasses and equipment of the Sultan's Navy, Structure of the SDF-Navy in 1942, Structure of the Lutetiian Navy in 1942

Appearance

Uniforms

Battle Dress

Service Dress

Mess Uniform

Parade Uniform

In Media

Ranks and Rank Structure

Awards and Decorations

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