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    Naval Battle of Vella Lavella Western Province Solomon Islands

Location
The Naval Battle of Vella Lavella occurred in Vella Gulf off Vella Lavella Island in Western Province in the Solomon Islands.

Wartime History
During the night of October 6, 1943 the Naval Battle of Vella Lavella occurred off Vella Lavella. A destroyer force was sent to rescue them including destroyer-transports: Fumizuki, Matsukaze, and Yūnagi escorted by six destroyers: Akigumo, Isokaze, Kazagumo, Yūgumo, Shigure, and Samidare.

At 11:30pm, the Japanese destroyer escorts spotted three USN destroyers approaching from Vella Gulf including USS Selfridge (DD-357), USS Chevalier (DD-451) and USS O'Bannon. During the battle, Yūgumo was hit and sunk. USS Chevalier was hit by a torpedo and sunk. Both USS O'Bannon and USS Selfridge were damaged.

The Naval Battle of Vella Lavella was considered a Japanese victory as they sustained less damage to their destroyers and were able to complete their evacuation mission.

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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