Honour - LEYTE GULF 1944

Date - 20/27-October
Type - Fleet or Squadron Actions
Conflict - World War 2; 1939-45

Description The action took place in the Leyte Gulf, Philippines.

It was a massive sea battle spread over several days and a large area, and was the largest naval battle in history. It was fought between the Imperial Japanese Navy split into several divisions and the US 3rd and 7th Fleets.

The mainly US Fleets were covering American landings to retake the Philippines and the Japanese were attempting to foil the landings. The Japanese battle plan was as usual very complicated and failed to achieve their objective. When the battle ended the Japanese Navy's effectiveness was ended for the remainder of the war.

Japanese losses comprised, 3 battleships, 4 aircraft carriers, 6 heavy cruisers, 4 light cruisers 9 destroyers.

US losses were 1 light carrier, 2 escort carriers, 2 destroyers 1 destroyer escort.

Almost every ship engaged sustained some damage.


HM Ships
Ariadne  Arunta  Australia  Gascoyne  Shropshire 
This page last edited - 17 September, 2012.

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