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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr CURTIN - No announcement will be made by the Australian Operational Command for reasons which I need not disclose. However, the following announcement has been made from Washington regarding the naval engagement -

Very excellent news has been received. A naval engagement between United States of America and Japanese forces on 4th May resulted in the following damage to the enemy: - One light cruiser, two destroyers, four gun-boats and one supply vessel were sunk. One 9,000-ton aircraft tender, one light cruiser and one . cargo vessel were damaged. Six enemy aircraft were destroyed. This highly successful action took place in the vicinity of the Solomon Islands. It was accomplished with the loss of only three aircraft.

The communique goes on -

Submarines on coast patrol in the Far East have sunk the following enemy vessels: One medium sized cargo ship, one medium sized tanker, and one small cargo shin. This action has not been announced in any previous naval communique.

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