The hard core of Austria’s modern first-line fleet was thus then provided by three fine new dreadnoughts (Viribus Unitis, Tegetthoff, Prinz Eugen) with a fourth (Szent Istvan) fitting out; three good semidreadnoughts (Radetzky, Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand, Zrinyi); two armored cruisers (Sankt Georg, Kaiser Karl VI); five light cruisers (Admiral Spaun, Saida, Aspern, Zenta, Szigetvar) with two more (Novara, Helgoland) fitting out. There were eighteen destroyers and twenty-plus good seagoing torpedo boats.
As will be seen, the farther down the fleet one goes, the more active the ships were to be. But they were all to be necessary to the overall scheme of things.
There were, of course, other naval players in the game—one friend (Germany) and several declared enemies (Britain, France). The Italians were still an unknown factor at this point. First come the British, long the dominant power in the Mediterranean. They had stripped their once-great Mediterranean Fleet (Admiral A.