Guardians of Sunda Strait

Late on Saturday 28 February and into the early hours of Sunday 1 March 1942, the cruisers HMAS Perth and USS Houston fought for their lives in the Dutch East Indies.

Against overwhelming odds - outnumbered and outgunned by a large advancing Japanese force - they fought bravely and defiantly but lost the battle.

Both ships sank that dreadful night in the Battle of Sunda Strait. 

This is their story.

A USA Program supported by the USA Bicentennial Gift Fund.

Remembering HMAS Perth and USS Houston

HMAS Perth arriving in New York in 1939. Image: State Library of Queensland.

The night of Feb 28, 1942 saw the HMAS Perth and USS Houston face off against a large portion of the Imperial Japanese forces. This is their story of facing overwhelming odds, and the battle's aftermath. Read more

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