Naval Base Kitsap will hold a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the most significant battles in U.S. Navy history. The ceremony will take place on the Bremerton Waterfront Boardwalk, Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1 PM.
The Japanese plan was to overwhelm and destroy the US fleet and capture Midway as an advanced base to protect it’s eastern flank. The Japanese threw almost the entire Imperial Fleet into the battle – four aircraft carriers, two light aircraft carriers, eleven battleships, thirteen cruisers, forty-five destroyers, and assorted submarines, transports and mine sweepers. Greatly outnumbered, the American defense consisted of three aircraft carriers eight cruisers, fourteen destroyers, and the aircraft stationed on Midway. The US Navy used intelligence and planning to outmaneuver and destroy the enemy forces. This naval battle provided the turning point for the war in the Pacific.