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 battleship tirpitz conducting trials in the baltic sea in the spring of 1941 tirpitz badge the tirpitz second and last battleship of the bismarck class was the largest warship built in germany. The sinking of the battleship tirpitz c ommissioned in 1941 the german navys mighty 42900 ton tirpitz posed a grave threat to allied shipping sister ship to the more famous bismarck the battleship carried a main armament of eight 15 inch guns. Wwii fleet air arm attack the german battleship tirpitz with heavy and medium sized bombs as she was about to move off from her anchorage at alten fjord norway on the morning of 3 april 1944 source
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