Honour - Sunda Strait 1942
The action took place in the Sunda Strait to the west of Java.
Following the defeat of ABDA (American-British-Dutch-Australian) naval forces in the Java Sea 27-Feb, surviving allied warships tried to clear the area.
The damaged heavy cruiser USS Houston and cruiser HMAS Perth sailed from Batavia via the Sunda Strait. However they encountered a Japanese heavy cruiser squadron and were both sunk.
In a similar scene the damaged cruiser HMS Exeter, and destroyers HMS Encounter and USS Pope sailed from Surabaya, were found and attacked by Japanese aircraft and all sunk.
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