Why the Battle of Coral Sea Was so Rough for the Navy

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April 9, 2020 Topic: History Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: Battle Of Coral SeaBattle Of MidwayAmericaWorld War IIU.S. Navy

Why the Battle of Coral Sea Was so Rough for the Navy

The battle was a draw but turned out better for America in the long-run.

However, the seemingly inconclusive battle was a turning point for the Allies. Australia and its foothold in New Guinea remained secure, forcing Japanese forces to commit to a costly and ultimately unsuccessful ground campaign on the latter island. Meanwhile, the damaged Shokaku could not participate in the Battle of Midway, an even larger carrier battle that brought an end to Japan’s advances in the Pacific War.

America’s first fleet carrier had fallen fighting precisely the kind of battle it had spent over a decade developing tactics for. Just a year later, a new Essex-class carrier was christened USS Lexington (CV-16), and would remain in U.S. Navy service until 1991.

Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring.

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