SMS Zrínyi (1910)

USS Zrínyi c.1919-20, during her brief stint in the US Navy. Photographer unknown, believed to be in the public domain.

Laid Down
1908
Launched
1910
Commissioned
1911
Decommissioned
1920
AD/BC
AD
History

Last of the Radetzky-class pre-dreadnoughts, SMS Zrínyi was laid down in Trieste for the Austro-Hungarian Navy in November, 1908. Commissioned 22 November, 1911, she mainly participated in training cruises before World War I. However, in 1913, Zrínyi was part of a multi-national flotilla that formed a blockade of Montenegro during the Balkan War. She served in the Adriatic during World War I, but saw little action. Zrínyi bombarded Italian ports twice during the war, but never engaged enemy warships. At wars end, the Austro-Hungarians went to great lengths to keep her out of Italian hands, first handing her over to a Yugoslavian crew, who then handed her over to a US Navy sub chaser squadron. Commissioned 22 November, 1919, as the USS Zrínyi, she was finally handed over to the Italians in November, 1920. The Italians wasted no time in scrapping her.