Tirpitz was the second of two bismarck class battleships built for nazi germanys kriegsmarine navy during world war ii named after grand admiral alfred von tirpitz the architect of the kaiserliche marine imperial navy the ship was laid down at the kriegsmarinewerft wilhelmshaven in november 1936 and her hull was launched two and a half years later. Laid down at kriegsmarinewerft wilhelmshaven on november 2 1936 tirpitz was the second and final ship of the bismarck class of battleshipinitially given the contract name g the ship was later named for famed german naval leader admiral alfred von tirpitz. The bismarck class was a pair of fast battleships built for nazi germanys kriegsmarine shortly before the outbreak of world war iithe ships were the largest and most powerful warships built for the kriegsmarine displacing more than 41000 metric tons 40000 long tons normally they were armed with a battery of eight 38 cm 15 in guns and were capable of a top speed of 30 knots 56 km h . Tirpitz was the second of two bismarck class battleships built for nazi germanys kriegsmarine during world war ii named after grand admiral alfred von tirp
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