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BuilderDeutsche Schiff- und Maschinenbau AG
Yard Number926
Slip/Drydock NumberII
Launched7 Oct 1936
Commissioned1 Dec 1936


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Komet Operational Timeline

7 Oct 1936 The keel of Komet was laid down at the Deschimag shipyard in Bremen, Germany.
9 Jul 1940 The German raider Komet left Bergen, Norway for operations in the Pacific Ocean via the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic Ocean assisted by Russian icebreakers.
5 Sep 1940 German armed merchant cruiser Komet completed its voyage across the Northern Sea Route and entered the Pacific Ocean via the Bering Strait.
8 Dec 1940 German armed merchant cruiser Komet sank Komata off Nauru, killing 2 and capturing 33.
27 Dec 1940 German armed merchant cruiser Komet arrived at Nauru and warned the British dock personnel to evacuate without signaling any alarm. Upon the completion of the evacuation, Komet shelled the facilities, destroying much of the port. Nauru's dock would be rebuilt in 10 weeks, but the port never returned to full capacity during the war.
30 Nov 1941 German armed merchant cruiser Komet arrived at Hamburg, Germany after a 516-day, 87,000-mile, circumnavigating journey. She sank 5 ships, captured 1 ship, and shared credit for another two sinkings on this mission.
13 Oct 1942 German auxiliary cruiser Komet departed Le Havre, France, escorted by German 3rd Torpedo Boat Flotilla (T4, T10, T14, and T19), attempting to break out into the Atlantic Ocean.
14 Oct 1942 A British force consisted of five destroyers and eight torpedo boats intercepted a German attempt to break auxiliary cruiser Komet into the Atlantic Ocean via the English Channel. Komet was sunk northeast of Cherbourg, France; all aboard were killed in the sinking. Of the German escorts (torpedo boats T4, T10, T14, and T19), T10 was damaged after being hit by six shells, one of which detonating a depth charge; 11 were killed and 11 were wounded.

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