Allied Forces

  • CA Exeter (68) (sunk)(sunk)
    Commanding officer: Capt. O.L. Gordon
    Notes: Royal Navy. 651 survivors.
  • DD Encounter (H.10) (sunk)(sunk)
    Commanding officer: Lt. Cdr. Morgan
    Notes: Royal Navy. 149 survivors.
  • DD Pope (DD-225) (sunk)(sunk)
    Commanding officer: Lt. Cdr. W.C. Blinn
    Notes: United States Navy. 150 survivors.

Japanese Forces

Support Force, 3rd Fleet
  • Vice Admiral Takahashi Ibo
  • CA Ashigara (force flagship)(force flagship)
  • CA Myoko
  • DD Akebono
  • DD Ikazuchi

Cruiser Division 5 (Sentai 5)

  • Rear Admiral Takagi Takeo
  • CA Nachi (flagship)(flagship)
  • CA Haguro

Destroyer Division 24

  • DD Kawakaze
  • DD Yamakaze


Exeter was previously damaged at the Battle of the Java Sea and could only make 23 knots despite a heroic effort by her engineering crew. In an hour and forty-five minutes of combat, Myoko and Ashigara fired a total of 1,171 8in (20.3 cm) rounds. Nachi fired 170 and Haguro fired 118 8in (20.3 cm) rounds. A total of 25 torpedoes were fired by the Japanese, of which only one hit, a Type 90 from Ikazuchi that finished off Exeter. In total, the Japanese fired 2,650 rounds of all calibers during this battle. The number of Allied rounds fired is unknown, but Exeter fired three torpedoes and Pope eleven, all of which missed. Encounter had no torpedoes at her final battle.

The ships listed above all participated in the surface action. In addition, after Exeter and Encounter were sunk, Pope was attacked by ten Type 0 "Pete" spotter planes from seaplane carrier Chitose which dropped 60 kg (132 lbs.) bombs and by six Type 97 "Kate" attack bombers from the light carrier Ruyko which dropped six 250 kg (550 lbs.) and twenty-four 60 kg (132 lbs.) bombs. Pope fired 75 3in (7.62 cm) rounds during this action before her single AA gun jammed. Pope was disabled by this aerial attack and her captain ordered scuttling charges set and the crew to abandon ship. At the time of her sinking, Pope was the last Allied warship in the Java Sea.


  • The US Navy Against the Axis: Surface Combat 1941-1945 by Vincent P. O'Hara