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It saw the end of the last Allied warships operating in the waters around Java , allowing Japanese forces to complete their conquest of the Netherlands East Indies unhindered. They planned to withdraw via the Sunda Strait to Tjilatjap on the south of the island and departed on the evening of 28 February; but encountering the Japanese Western Invasion Force later that night in Bantam Bay , they were both sunk in the battle of Sunda Strait.

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Also at Surabaya were the four U. Edwards , John D.

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After emergency repairs, Exeter also left for further repairs in Ceylon , leaving at dusk on 28 February, and escorted by Encounter and Pope. Witte de With was unable to leave, due to mechanical trouble, and was later bombed and sunk at Surabaya on 2 March. As Exeter had too much draft for leaving the main anchorage at Surabaya via its eastern channel, she was forced to leave via the main north entrance with a decision having been made to exit the Java Sea via Sunda Strait to the west, which was thought still open; the morning of 1 March found the three Allied ships west-northwest of Bawean island, heading westwards.


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At on 1 March, ships were sighted to the west; being in no condition for a battle, Exeter and her consorts reversed course, turning northwest to avoid contact. More ships were sighted at , bearing southwest; again, the Allied ships had to alter course to avoid them.

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It saw the end of the last Allied warships operating in the waters around Java , allowing Japanese forces to complete their conquest of the Netherlands East Indies unhindered. They planned to withdraw via the Sunda Strait to Tjilatjap on the south of the island and departed on the evening of 28 February; but encountering the Japanese Western Invasion Force later that night in Bantam Bay , they were both sunk in the battle of Sunda Strait. Also at Surabaya were the four U. Edwards , John D.

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After emergency repairs, Exeter also left for further repairs in Ceylon , leaving at dusk on 28 February, and escorted by Encounter and Pope. Witte de With was unable to leave, due to mechanical trouble, and was later bombed and sunk at Surabaya on 2 March. As Exeter had too much draft for leaving the main anchorage at Surabaya via its eastern channel, she was forced to leave via the main north entrance with a decision having been made to exit the Java Sea via Sunda Strait to the west, which was thought still open; the morning of 1 March found the three Allied ships west-northwest of Bawean island, heading westwards.

At on 1 March, ships were sighted to the west; being in no condition for a battle, Exeter and her consorts reversed course, turning northwest to avoid contact. More ships were sighted at , bearing southwest; again, the Allied ships had to alter course to avoid them.


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