Leyte Gulf is the body of water immediately east of the island of Leyte in the Philippines, adjoining the Philippine Sea of the Pacific Ocean, at 10.8333333° N 125.4166667° E. Leyte (pronounced LAY-teh or LAY-tee) is an island in the Visayas group of the Philippines. ... The Philippine Sea The Philippine Sea is a marginal sea east of Philippines. ...
The gulf is bounded on the north by the island of Samar, which is separated from Leyte on the west by the narrow San Juanico Strait, and on the south by Mindanao, separated from Leyte by the Surigao Strait. Dinagat Island partly encloses the gulf to the southeast, and the small Homonhon Island (notable as the first landfall of Ferdinand Magellan after completely crossing the Pacific. He had previously discovered Guam and resupplied there. That was his only landfall on the trans-Pacific voyage), sits astride the eastern entrance to the gulf. It is approximately 130 km (80 mi) north-south, and 60 km (40 mi) east-west. Samar is an island in the Visayas, which is in the central Philippines. ... San Juanico Strait is a narrow strait in the Philippines. ... Mindanao is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. ... Surigao Strait is a body of water in the Philippines located between the islands of Mindanao and Leyte. ... Dinagat Island is a small island in the Philippines, located on the south side of Leyte Gulf in the province of Surigao del Norte. ... Homonhon Island is an island of the Philippines. ... Ferdinand Magellan, see Ferdinand Magellan Railcar. ...
The place where one of the greatest naval warfare were use in the landing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur
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USS LEYTEGULF is one of the 27 TICONDEROGA class cruisers and got its name from that place in the Pacific where two battles between the American fleet and Japanese fleet were fought.
USS LEYTEGULF changed homeport on July 30, 1997, from Mayport, FL, to Naval Station Norfolk, VA. The guided-missile cruiser came to Norfolk under a realignment plan that allowed Carrier Group Eight's two cruisers to be collocated, to improve maintenance and training efficiencies.
LEYTEGULF commemorates the naval battle fought 23 - 26 October 1944 in the Philippines, virtually ending the Japanese Navy's capacity to fight as an organized force.
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