Tulagi, less commonly Tulaghi, is a small island (5.5 km by 1 km) in the Solomon Islands, just off the south coast of Florida Island. The town of the same name on the island (pop. 1,750) was the capital of the Solomon Islands Protectorate from 1896 to 1942, and is today the capital of the Central Province. The Florida Islands are a small island group in Solomon Islands, a nation in the Pacific Ocean. ... 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... The Central Province is one of the provinces of the Solomon Islands. ...
The island was originally chosen by the British as a comparatively isolated and healthier alternative to the disease-ridden larger islands of the Solomons. The Japanese occupied it on 3 May1942, with the intention of setting up a seaplane base nearby, and the ships in Tulagi harbor were raided by planes from USS Yorktown the following day, in a prelude to the Battle of the Coral Sea. US forces landed on 7 August and captured Tulagi after a day of hard fighting.After its capture by Naval and Marine forces, the Island hosted a fleet of P T Boats for a year as well as other ancillary facilities.A small 20 bed Dispensary was operated there until its closure in 1946.The Island also formed part of Purvus bay which hosted many U.S. Navy ships during 1942 and 1943 May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... A DeHavilland Single Otter floatplane in Harbour Air livery A seaplane is an aircraft designed to take off and land (correctly, though less commonly, alight) upon water. ... // Early Career The third USS Yorktown (CV-5) was lead ship of the Yorktown class aircraft carrier of World War II, sunk at the Battle of Midway. ... The Battle of the Coral Sea, in early May 1942, was one of the major turning points of the Pacific War. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ...
The present-day Tulagi has a fishing fleet and is developing a scuba diving industry; the wrecks of USS Aaron Ward, USS Kanawha, and HMNZS Moa are close by, and the wrecks of Ironbottom Sound are not much further off. A fishing fleet is an aggregate of commercial fishing vessels. ... Early ideas of autonomous under-water systems appear in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Scuba diving is the use of independent breathing equipment to stay underwater for long periods of time for recreational diving and professional diving. ... The second ship named USS Aaron Ward (DD-483) in honor of Rear Admiral Aaron Ward was a Gleaves-class destroyer in the service of the United States Navy. ... Ironbottom Sound is the name given by sailors of the United States Navy to the stretch of water between Guadalcanal, Savo Island, and Florida Island of the Solomon Islands. ...
Categories: Islands | Geography of the Solomon Islands
TULAGI (CVE 72) was laid down on 7 June 1943 at Vancouver, Wash., by the Kaiser Co., Inc., as FORTAZELA BAY (ACV 72); and redesignated CVE 72 on 15 July 1943.
TULAGI's fliers conducted a devastating attack along the line of march of a German convoy which snarled the roads for miles around Remouline and crowned her achievements of the day by downing three German Ju-52s.
TULAGI departed Guam on 21 February to conduct hunter-killer exercises in support of the assault on Iwo Jima before joining a task unit in area Varnish, west of Iwo Jima on 1 March.
Between 0725 and 0749, the Tulagi Communication Base notified the Commanding Officer of the Twenty-Fifth Air Flotilla at Rabaul that Tulagi was under bombardment, that the landings had begun, and that the senders were destroying all equipment immediately.
So four hours after the raider landing on Tulagi, the parachute battalion made its frontal assault in the face of fire from an alerted garrison which was supported by fires from a flanking position.
Simultaneously battalion commanders received orders to land their troops at Beach Blue on Tulagi and report to General Rupertus. Upon arrival at the transport area off Beach Blue at 0730, the 3d Battalion was directed to pass to Gavutu, reinforce the troops engaged there, and seize Tanambogo.
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