(CG-72: displacement 9,650; length 567'; beam 55'; draft 33'; speed 30 knots; complement 376; armament Standard SM-2, Tomahawk, Harpoon, ASROC, Mk 46 torpedoes, 5-inch, Close In Weapon System, two SH-60B LAMPS Mk III helicopters; class Ticonderoga)
A naval engagement in the Solomons campaign of World War II, fought in Vella Gulf between the islands of Vella Lavella and Kolombangara, the battle joined shortly before midnight on the night of 6 August 1943. In the Battle of Vella Gulf, six U.S. destroyers: Dunlap (DD-384), Craven (DD-382), Maury (DD-401), Lang (DD-399), Sterett (DD-407), and Stack (DD-406), under Comdr. Frederick Moosbrugger attacked four Japanese destroyers attempting to reinforce the garrison on Kolombangara. The American warships closed, undetected, and fired torpedoes that sank Hagikaze, Arashi, and Kawakaze; only Shigure escaped the onslaught. Some 200 Japanese soldiers died that night. Comdr. Moosbrugger’s ships emerged from the action unscathed.