Battle Name : Savo Island
Date(s) : 08 August 1942 - 09 August 1942
Outcome : A victory for Imperial Japanese Navy over US and Allied Naval Forces
Type of battle : Sea
During the night, Vice Adm. Mikawa sailed a cruiser task force down New Georgia Sound ('the Slot') and surprised an Allied force screening the amphibious support ships, sinking 4 Allied cruisers and one destroyer and suffering little damage in return. Also known as 'the Battle of the Five Sitting Ducks.
Off Savo Island, in the south Pacific