The Battle of Tassafaronga was fought on the night of November 30, 1942,
between US Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy warships near Tassafaronga
Point on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal. Five cruisers and four
destroyers under the command of Rear Admiral Carleton H. Wright
(pictured) stalked eight Japanese destroyers under Rear Admiral Raizō
Tanaka that were en route to deliver food to their forces on the island.
Using radar, the US warships gained surprise, opened fire, and sank one
of the destroyers. Tanaka's ships reacted quickly, launching Type 93
"Long Lance" torpedoes that sank one US cruiser and heavily damaged
three others. The rest of Tanaka's force escaped without significant
additional damage, abandoning the intended supply mission. The battle
had little strategic impact, and the Japanese were unable to recapture
Guadalcanal from Allied forces.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tassafaronga>
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