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Battle of Cape Esperance

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One of the naval engagements of the Guadalcanal campaign, the Battle of Cape Esperance involved a cruiser-destroyer group under Rear Admiral Norman Scott against an armed "Tokyo Express" convoy commanded by Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa. They operated near the northernmost part of Guadalcanal, Cape Esperance. On the night of 11-12 October, the U.S sank a cruiser and destroyer and lost a desoyer. This engagement also gave a safe passage to a U.S, troop reinforcement coming from New Caledonia.