SMS Admiral Spaun
|Namesake:||Hermann von Spaun|
|Laid down:||30 May 1908|
|Launched:||30 October 1909|
|Commissioned:||15 November 1910|
|Length:||130.64 m (428.6 ft)|
|Beam:||12.79 m (42.0 ft)|
|Draught:||5 m (16 ft)|
|Speed:||27 knots (50 km/h)|
SMS Admiral Spaun was a unique light cruiser of the Austro-Hungarian Navy. Three other ships were built to similar specifications as Admiral Spaun, but with different propulsion, and increased armament.
Wartime experience showed the 100 mm (3.9 in) guns were inferior but the plans to re-equip the ship were turned down because of war troubles. In 1915 number of torpedo firing tubes was increased to 8.
Admiral Spaun saw active service during First World War. After the war the ship was transferred by Italy to Venice and participated in the Italian V-Day fleet parade on 25 March 1919. Later, it was given to the Great Britain as a part of reparations and sold to an Italian company for scrapping in 1922.
The ship was named after Hermann von Spaun (1833-1919), since 1897 commander of both the Austro-Hungarian Navy and the navy section of the K.u.K. Ministry of War. Spaun stepped down in 1904 as a protest against redirecting large part of Navy funds to the army, the position was taken by Rudolf Montecuccoli. It was the first time that an Austro-Hungarian Navy ship was named after a living person outside the Habsburg family. Spaun was present at the naming ceremony.
- Greger, René (1976). Austro-Hungarian Warships of World War I. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0-7110-0623-7.
- Photos and details of Admiral Spaun (text in German)
- Description in English
- Technical details in English
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