The Coral Sea is located off the eastern coast of Queensland in Australia and including the Great Barrier Reef. To the north is the southern end of the Solomon Islands. To the northwest is Papua New Guinea and to the east is Vanuatu (New Hebrides) and New Caledonia. To the south is the Tasman Sea.
The Battle of the Coral Sea during May 4–8, 1942 happened in the Coral Sea and was the first naval engagement
of history fought without opposing ships making contact. Only carrier and land based aircraft attacked the opposing fleets. This was the first carrier engagement of the Pacific War.
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August 25, 2018