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The Battle of North Borneo was a skirmish that took place on June 17th, 1943 off the northern coast of Borneo between the Royal Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy. The battle lasted four hours.[1] During the battle, HMS St. James was sunk, while Leander was in sinking condition and had to be scuttled. HMS Foresight, though able to return to Singapore, was declared CTL.[2]

The Battle of North Borneo was the first of about a dozen vicious cruiser actions that were fought in the area over the next nine months.

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  • Several cruisers, destroyers, and fighter squadrons


  1. Chapter 369
  2. CTL stands for "constructive total loss," which is a term used when a ship is so damaged that it is simply more economical to scrap it and build a replacement.