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Port Vila (168.301E 17.734S) was a good but completely undeveloped anchorage on Efate in the New Hebrides. It was briefly a rear base during the Guadalcanal campaign but was superceded by the better positioned base at Espiritu Santo. The airfield had a 6000' (1830 meter) runway ready for combat operations by the time the Guadalcanal campaign got under way in August 1942. This was subsequently named Bauer Field.
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