Kontreadmiral Wilhelm Souchon
Yavuz Sultan Selim (force flagship)Commanding officer: Kapitän zur See AckermanNotes: Ex SMS Goeben
MedilliiCommanding officer: Fregattenkapitän KettnerNotes: Ex SMS Breaslau
Yavuz struck by a 12-inch HE from Evstafi on Port No. 3 15 cm casemate, which penetrated casemate armor but broke up. Three 15 cm projectiles detonated - this is the only time during the entire war that German projectiles exploded as a result of an artillery hit - and sixteen 15 cm cartridges of the ready ammunition burned. Twelve men died immediately and a Turkish sailor later died from gas poisoning.
Admiral Andrei Eberhard
Evstafi was hit by three 28 cm APC. First on the starboard forward casemate, killing the gun crew. Second on the casemate armor at approximately frame 54, piercing the 127 mm armor and striking 6-inch shells and cartridges, setting some of the latter on fire. Shell exploded in the officers gallery and did great damage with splinters penetrating the the deck above and some penetrating down into the boiler room. The third shell fell short of the ship on or near the waterline at frame 22 and riddled the hull in this area, destroying a longitudinal bulkhead and part of the elevator for the 75 mm gun ammunition. Four officers and twenty-nine crew died immediately. One other officer died later from his injuries and twenty-four crewmen were wounded, nineteen badly of whom the majority later died.