Kula Gulf is located between Kolombangara Island to the west and New
Georgia Island to the south.
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 two others 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.
Battle of Kula Gulf
On July 6, 1943 a US Navy force including three cruisers and four destroyers that intercepted three group of ten Japanese destroyers.
USS Helena (CL-50)
Sunk July 6, 1943 by torpedo
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January 11, 2018