The Battle of Savo Island, also known as the First Battle of Savo Island and, in Japanese sources, as the First Battle of the Solomon Sea, took place August 8–9, 1942, and was a naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War II, between the Imperial Japanese Navy and Allied naval forces. The battle was the first major naval engagement during the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands campaign and a victory for Japan. Australia contributed two heavy cruiser to the battle, HMAS Australia and Canberra, navy Coastwatchers and a small number of Air Force aircraft. On August 9 Canberra was struck by two torpedoes and over 20 salvoes of 8 inch shellfire, Canberra was later scuttled by United States Navy destroyers.
"On Anzac eve we dug in among friends. At last I felt like an Anzac, and I imagine there were 600 others like me,"
- — Captain Reg Saunders, said following the withdrawal during the Battle of Kapyong
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Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean was a sailor in the Royal Australian Navy during World War II. Teddy Sheean was posted on the Bathurst-class corvette HMAS Armidale in 1942 when it was given the task of landing commandos at Betano. On 1 December during the second attempt to reach Betano, Armidale came under attack. Teddy Sheean manned an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun and was wounded by strafing Japanese planes. He was confirmed with shooting down a bomber and damaging a further two aircraft. Sheean went down with the ship, still strapped into the gun and still shooting at the attacking aircraft. For his actions during the war the Collins-class submarine HMAS Sheean was named after him, with the motto "Fight On".
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