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Battle of the Malacca Strait
Part of the Pacific theater of World War II
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Japanese cruiser Haguro.
Date 15–16 May 1945
Location
Result British victory
Belligerents
 United Kingdom Japan Empire of Japan
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Manley Laurence Power Japan Shigeru Fukudome
Japan Shintaro Hashimoto 
Japan Kaju Sugiura 
Strength
5 Destroyers 1 Heavy Cruiser
1 Destroyer
Casualties and losses
1 destroyer damaged,
2 killed
1 cruiser sunk,
1 destroyer damaged,
927 killed

The Battle of the Malacca Strait, sometimes called the Sinking of the Haguro, was a naval battle in World War II. The battle started because the British were searching for Japanese ships to sink. This May 1945 action was called Operation Dukedom. It resulted in the sinking of the Japanese cruiser Haguro. Haguro had been supplying Japanese troops in the Dutch East Indies and the Bay of Bengal since 1 May 1945.

- Firsthand account of the battle by a member of HMS Vigilant's crew.

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