We are looking at
the beginnings of a melee situation. On the map, you can see Cape Esperance
(a), Tassafaronga Point (b),
Henderson Field (c), and Florida Island (d). In the battle view foreground
you see from left to right the Atlanta (E), San Francisco (F),
Portland (G), Helena (H), and Juneau (I). In the background you see Savo
Island (J). Helena with SG radar is targeting Yudachi (L)
at 17ky. But, Hiei and Kirishima at right (K) have already closed to 12ky.
Should we shift fire
to the Bombardment group? They might not be able to see us now. The unaided
visibility is only 7ky,
but the Helena can track targets at 20ky. On the map, you can see the
outline of Helena's view sector. San Francisco has SC radar
and is targeting Nagara (M) at 8ky.
On the left side
of the view are the 4 USN DDs (N) at range 6ky. In the center is an IJN
DD flotilla (M) at 8ky. To our port quarter
are our 4 DDs (o) of the rear division. In that group, Fletcher has radar,
but she is unable to acquire any target beyond 7ky. Fish are in the water.
All hell is about to break loose.
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