With the rise of the Nazi regime, there was also a demand for the return of the former colonies. In 1938, the Kriegsmarine approached the topic of ship types to be used in future colonial waters. A design from April 6th 1938 proposed a design of around 2000t, armed with four 150mm guns, light AA, mines and grenades. The would be stationary in peace times and be used for blockade-, security- and raiding mission during war. Alternative outfitting would allow the ship to be also used as torpedo carrier, minesweeper and seaplane tender. Speed would be around 20kn with a range of around 6000-8000sm.
In 1939, the design took more shape. On Februrary 25th 1939, the design works were given high priority, 'since under certain circumstances this type of ship would soon be needed'. Construction planning was for eight units, 'to be delivered around the same time'. The final design had a displacement of around 2000t, a speed of 24kn and a range of ca. 8000sm. The armament consisted of four 127mm guns in twin mounts, similar to the projected Zerstörer 1938B
class. The guns would be used against surface and air targets. Light AA consisted of six 37mm guns and four 20mm guns, all in twin mounts. Secondary armament were two double topredo tubes.
This design never entered the construction stage and was cancelled with the outbreak of the war.
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