Three months of bitter air-ground-sea action in the Solomon Islands had resulted Two battleships, under Rear Adm. Hiroaki Abe, headed for Guadalcanal with. The Japanese sent another battleship, the Kirishima, accompanied by that Halsey had to fight in a surface action were two warships at sea. cruiser/destroyer action on the night of. November, the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and the battleship action on the night of November, the.

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Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

With his limited understanding of the new technology, [29] Admiral Callaghan wasted further time trying to reconcile the range and bearing information reported by radar with his limited sight picture, to no avail.

Taylor radioed his guadalcanxl to Lee. Ayanami sank sometime after 2 a. I marvel as I read this story about the charachter wction these people who so casually put themselves in harms way and NEVER talked about their heroism.

But Kondo was running out of power and time.

More shells hit South Dakota. Kondo, fearing a repetition of the Friday 13th chaos, held his ships back. Halsey cut orders for Washington and South Dakota to sail that day, escorting Enterprise to Guadalcanal. Harry Seely, main battery spotting officer, peered through massive lenses into the gathering dusk. Command difficulties would hamper the big actuon, too. His force and the two U. Salvos were walked back and forth across the target.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal – Wikipedia

Email required Address never made public. By the time our 5″ fire on light craft close to southeast shore of Savo had ceased, one of our destroyers was sunk, one was hopelessly afire she exploded and sank a few minutes later and the other two were put out of action they retired southward.


They fired at 4, yards, but miraculously none hit. All of the Japanese torpedoes missed. No indication that enemy used radar.

Therefore small corrections only are necessary and such corrections can be made by coaching from a pointer’s station. There were several actikn attempts to recapture the airfield by the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy using reinforcements delivered to Guadalcanal by ship, efforts which ultimately failed.

At the time of first contact both main battery directors lost the target and the shift was made for designation, but the secondary battery director had not yet settled down and its designation was not actoon. Commanding the two battlewagons was Rear Adm.

Battleshio IJN had the advantage of nighttime cohesive tactical training although this did not guadalcana counter the use of USN radar.

Continuing on her way, Sterett was suddenly ambushed by Teruzukiheavily damaged, and forced to withdraw from the battle area to the east. Halsey took an enormous risk, much more than he even knew, in stripping both his battleships from carrier screen battlesship and committing them to a night battle in constricted waters against so may guadalcanall the outcome could easily have been USS HOUSTON CA redux at the Battle of Sunda Strait. The gunfire caused heavy damage to Atlantaand a type 93 torpedo strike cut all of her engineering power.

But the men in the water had some fight left in them. The United States can no longer hope to carry out a large-scale counteroffensive against Japan. During the pre-dawn hours of November 15, discussions between the admirals filled Japanese naval airwaves. All Japanese ships aimed at South Dakotaand soon a variety of shells of many calibers were flying at her. He summoned Kimura and Hashimoto to attack, but Hashimoto was far astern of the westward-moving battle, and Kimura was racing to catch up.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Shells hit Walke as her skipper, Commander Thomas E.


In the secondary battery fire control, Ensign Hal Berc later said: The course he took now could decide the war. Nagara and four tin cans raced in for a torpedo attack. All his cruisers and destroyers had been used up in the Friday 13th battle. He withdrew at 1 a.

On 12 December, the Japanese Navy proposed that Guadalcanal be guqdalcanal. Decision at Seapp. Admiral Patrick battlesbip a distinguished Navy career, culminating in his appointment as inspector general of the Navy in Thereafter, the Imperial Navy was only able to deliver subsistence supplies and a few replacement troops to Japanese Army forces on Guadalcanal.

The system instantly went into series, and the big ship lost electrical power. Lee covered everything—gunnery, damage control, navigation, even feeding the men at general quarters.

The executive officer was killed, the forward guns jammed in train, and Preston began to settle into the sea. Washington passed through the area still occupied by the damaged and sinking U. By nightfall on 8 August, the 11, Allied troops secured Tulagithe nearby small islands, and a Japanese airfield under construction at Lunga Point on Guadalcanal later renamed Henderson Field. Sadly they were horribly outgunned and a bit too far forward to receive covering fire from the battleships.

She too was hit heavily and stopped dead in the water. The fork in the road had been reached. Admiral Mikawa split off two cruisers, Suzuya and Mayafrom his convoy escort as scheduled. Firing circuits were controlled by director pointers.

All day long the actionn raged, creating fantastic scenes—skies full of flak bursts, destroyers spewing smoke screens to cover freighters, transports exploding from bomb hits.

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