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Banten

Banten (Bantam; 106.817E 6.167S) is a small port on Bantam Bay on the north coast of western Java. Once an important port for sea traffic through the Sunda Strait, the port was later overshadowed by Batavia.

Battle of Sunda Strait. Banten fell to elements of 2 Division on 28 February 1942, which came ashore against neglible ground resistance. However, as the transports were unloading, Allied cruisers Houston and Perth, which were attempting to escape through Sunda Strait following Allied defeat in the Battle of the Jave Sea,  stumbled into the transport force. The Allied cruisers opened fire on the transports, but failed to detect destroyer Fubuki until it was in torpedo range. The cruisers turned to avoid the torpedoes, which instead hit several Japanese transports anchored in the bay. Sakura Maru was sunk outright and three other transports were forced to beach themselves. The Allied cruisers then attempted to escape to Sunda Strait, but were intercepted and sunk by a large force of Japanese cruisers and destroyers. One Japanese heavy cruiser and a destroyer were lightly damaged.

Allied order of battle

CA Houston
CL Perth

Japanese order of battle

Western Attack Group (Ozawa)

 
Support Force (Kurita)


CA Mogami


CA Mikuma


CA Kumano



CA Suzuya



Destroyer Division 20




DD Amagiri



DD Asagiri



DD Yugiri

First Air Group



CVL Ryujo


Third Escort Force


 
Destroyer Squadron 3 (Hashimoto)


 
CL Yura



Destroyer Division 11




 
DD Hatsuyuki





DD Shirayuki




DD Fubuki



Destroyer Division 12





DD Murakumo




DD Shirakumo


Destroyer Squadron 5 (Hara)



CL Natori



Destroyer Division 5





DD Harukaze





DD Asakaze




DD Hatakaze




DD Matsukaze



Destroyer Division 22





DD Satsuki





DD Minazuki




DD Fumizuki




DD Nagatsuki


DD Hibiki On loan from Destroyer Squadron 1, 1 Fleet


DD Akatsuki On loan from Destroyer Squadron 1, 1 Fleet


DD Hatsuharu On loan from Destroyer Squadron 1, 1 Fleet

Transport Force




AO Tsurumi




AP Sakura Maru (7000 tons)



AP Tatsuno Maru (7296 tons)




53 other AP and AK

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