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On the night of 6 August 1943 between the islands of Valle Lavella and Kolombangara six Navy destroyers the DUNLAP DD 394 CRAVEN DD 392 MAURY DD 401 LANG DD 399 STERTT DD 407 and STACK DD 406 changed the tactical role of destroyers forever These ship in the battle of Vella Gulf were the first destroyers allowed to operate independent during a campaign He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces says Sun Tuz 1 The victory at Vella Gulf proved this theory that an inferior force with innovative leaders high technique weapon and the element of surprise can make a difference in a battleVella Gulf was important because for the first time American destroyers demonstrated they could do more than just scouting and carrying passengers or cargo The destroyers were able to employ innovative maneuvers and firing tactics On the 5th of August the Commander of the Third Amphibious Force Rear Admiral Wilkinson received reports of a Tokyo Express movement With the bulk of his cruisers damage he was short a ready unit The only available force was a pure destroyer strike force Wilkinson assigned Commodore Moosbrugger six destroyers with the go ahead to disregard use this unit as he saw fit 2Mossbrugger plan was to strike first using his primary weapon the torpedoes and then with 40mm guns Mossbrugger who served under Commodore Burke used his T doctrine tactic He figured that since destroyers can operate in two groups they could catch the enemy in crossfire This doctrine required each ship to know what the other would do in any given circumstanceAttack him where he is unprepared appear where you are not expected1 The Mossbrugger had the units maneuver behind the black backdrop of Kolombangara islands to help hide their ships The torpedoes were armed with a powerful warhead and shields were employed to hide the telltale flash when the torpedoes were discharged The executive officer of
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