Minor Correction; Helena was escorting USS Long Island to Guadalcanal in August. Thanks, I had't run across anything prior to her participation at Santa Cruz. Makes the same point, hitting ships inside a major naval base has a very transitory effect. If I may ask, are you Researcher from the old History Channel website? OP, that must be fascinating working with your Japanese friend. Much as with mokukatsu at the end of the war, there's a big difference between understanding the literal words and the meaning.