Surigao Strait

Surigao Strait (Filipino:Kipot ng Surigaw) is a body of water in the Philippines located between the islands of Mindanao and Leyte. This strait connects the Bohol Sea with Leyte Gulf and is regularly crossed by ferries that transport goods and people between Visayas and Mindanao. The ferries stop at Liloan, Southern Leyte and Surigao City in Surigao del Norte.

The Battle of Surigao Strait took place here on October 25, 1944 when the "cross the T" incident took place as American battleships fire their guns over Vice Admiral Shoji Nishimura's Southern Force; nearly all of which, including the battleships Yamashiro and Fusō and others were sunk. Admiral Nishimura was killed in action when his flagship Yamashiro sank following actions against Jesse B. Oldendorf's battleships, all but one of which had been at Pearl Harbor.

Seas of the Philippines
Ocean
  • Pacific Ocean
Sea
  • Bohol Sea
  • Camotes Sea
  • Celebes Sea
  • Philippine Sea
  • Samar Sea
  • Sibuyan Sea
  • Sulu Sea
  • Visayan Sea
  • West Philippine Sea
Strait
  • Balabac Strait
  • Cebu Strait
  • Luzon Strait
  • Mindoro Strait
  • San Bernardino Strait
  • San Juanico Strait
  • Surigao Strait
  • Tablas Strait
  • Tañon Strait
Gulf
  • Albay Gulf
  • Davao Gulf
  • Lagonoy Gulf
  • Leyte Gulf
  • Lingayen Gulf
  • Moro Gulf
  • Panay Gulf
  • Ragay Gulf
See also: Bodies of water of the Philippines


Coordinates: 9°50′N 125°20′E / 9.833°N 125.333°E / 9.833; 125.333

Other articles related to "surigao strait, strait":

List Of Sunken Battleships - List of Sunken Battleships - Sunk in Combat - Yamashiro
... Destroyed along with her sister ship Fusō on October 25, 1944, at the Battle of Surigao Strait ... The Battle of Surigao Strait was fought at night and at some distance between the battleship combatants ... Location Surigao Strait, Pacific Ocean ...
USS Blue Ridge (AGC-2) - Service History - 1943-1944
... Blue Ridge and her formation stood through the swept part of Surigao Strait, between Homonhon and Dinagat Islands and entered San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Philippine Islands ... the Japanese Fleet met disaster in the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Battle off Samar and the Battle of Cape Engano ... the command ship followed a covering group of cruisers and destroyers through Surigao Strait to enter the Mindanao Sea ...
Thomas C. Kinkaid - World War II - Southwest Pacific
... commanded by Vice Admirals Shōji Nishimura and Kiyohide Shima, which approached via the Surigao Strait ... Kinkaid believed that Halsey was still guarding the San Bernardino Strait ... Kinkaid deployed all available Seventh Fleet vessels in the Surigao Strait under Oldendorf facing Nishimura and Shima ...
USS Wachapreague (AGP-8) - The Philippines Campaign - The Battle of Leyte Gulf
... Oldendorf deployed across the northern end of Surigao Strait to "cross the T." The devastation the American warships wreaked upon the Japanese force was ... ship -- destroyer Shigure emerged from what became known as the Battle of Surigao Strait ... PT boats from MTBRon 12 then threw the second task group off balance at the head of the strait, slamming a torpedo into the side of light cruiser Abukuma and forcing Abukuma out of the battle line, badly damaged ...
USS Bryant (DD-665) - 1944
... On the 21st, she joined TG 77.2 and readied herself to meet a Japanese attempt to force through Surigao Strait and destroy the American transports in Leyte Gulf ... Surigao Strait — a waterway bracketed by Leyte and Panaon Islands to the north and west and by Mindanao and Dinagat Islands to the south and east — constitutes the southern approach to the gulf ... Oldendorf deployed his battleships and cruisers across the northern mouth of the strait and arrayed his destroyers on either flank ...

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