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Savo Island

Battle Name : Savo Island

Date(s) : 08 August 1942 - 09 August 1942

Part of : Second World War , Asia and Pacific , South Pacific Operations , Guadalcanal campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for Imperial Japanese Navy over US and Allied Naval Forces

Type of battle : Sea


During the night, Vice Adm. Mikawa sailed a cruiser task force down New Georgia Sound ('the Slot') and surprised an Allied force screening the amphibious support ships, sinking 4 Allied cruisers and one destroyer and suffering little damage in return. Also known as 'the Battle of the Five Sitting Ducks.


Off Savo Island, in the south Pacific