HMA Ships SHROPSHIRE, (cruiser), and ARUNTA, (destroyer), were engaged in the Battle of Surigao Strait. ARUNTA fired her main armament and torpedoes in a clash with Japanese ships YAMASHIRO, MICHISHIO, and ASAGUMO, (destroyers). The relative losses of the opposing fleets were:- Japanese Navy, 2 battleships and 3 destroyers sunk, and 3 cruisers damaged; USN, 1 destroyer damaged. In the Battle of Samar, the last surface engagement of WWII. fought later in the day, the ratio of losses was reversed. USN losses were, 1 escort carrier, 2 destroyers, and 1 destroyer escort sunk; Japanese Navy, losses, nil.
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