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Battle of Leyte Gulf:  Submarine Activity:  October 23, 1944

Trailing the Japanese armada detected the previous day by USS Darter (SS-227), Japanese heavy cruiser Aoba is torpeoded and damaged by USS Bream (SS-243) off Manila Bay, Philippine Islands.  In the Palawan Channel, Darter and USS Dace (SS-247) attacked the First Raiding Force.    Darter sank heavy cruiser Atago whilst also damaging the heavy cruiser Takao while Dace sank heavy cruiser Maya.   With this engagement, the word was sent to the Third Fleet where preparations began to meet the enemy in conjunction with the Seventh Fleet. 

Image:  NH 63699:  USS Darter  (SS-227), aground on Bombay Shoal off southwest Palawan after running aground on October 24, 1944.  U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.