Blackett Strait is located between Ghizo
Island to the west
to Kolomombangara Island to the east. Borders Arundel Island to the south and Kula Gulf to the east. Several small islands dot the edge of the straight including Plum Pudding (Kennedy Island).
During the Solomon Islands campaign, the Blackett Strait became an important waterway for Japanese destroyers of the "Tokyo Express" attempting to reinforce the central Solomons.
On May 6, 1943 USS Gamble, USS Preble and USS Breese laid sea mines into the Blackett Strait and western entrance to Kula Gulf. During the night of May 7-8, 1943 as four Japanese destroyers transited Blackett Strait, one was sunk and Oyashio and Kagero were damaged.
Afterwards, Michishio attempted to help the damaged vessels but was spotted by a coastwatcher and Allied aircraft intercepted the destroyers and damaged Michishio.
Captain John F. Kennedy sunk
August 2, 1943 after collision with Amagiri.
Discovered by Dive Gizo intact at 50m
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February 4, 2018