Vella Gulf

Roamy here.  The son of a blog friend was just assigned to the USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), a Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser.  I’m showing my ignorance here because I had never heard of the Battle of Vella Gulf, for which the ship is named.  Leyte Gulf, of course, but not Vella Gulf.  CG-72 is the second ship to carry the name; the first was a Commencement Bay-class escort carrier commissioned at the end of WW2.

The Battle of Vella Gulf was in the Solomon Islands in August 1943, a few days after the sinking of PT-109.  The American destroyers Dunlap, Craven, Maury, Lang, Sterrett, and Stack torpedoed the Japanese destroyers Hagikaze, Arashi, Kawakaze, and Shigure. Only Shigure escaped with minor damage, the other three Japanese ships were sunk. The American ships were untouched, thanks to better radar and waiting until all the torpedoes were in the water before beginning gunfire.

Sounds like a good assignment.  “Move Swiftly, Strike Vigorously”!

(P.S. I had a better post with a map of Vella Gulf and everything, but Firefox ate it when I hit “save draft”.  My apologies.)

U.S.S. Vella Gulf CG-72

6 thoughts on “Vella Gulf”

  1. Now I remember another part that disappeared. This was the first battle where the destroyers operated independently of the cruiser force during the Pacific campaign.

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