Japanese heavy cruiser Kinugasa at Battle of Savo Island, Aug 8-9, 1942
Kinugasa was the fourth heavy cruiser in Admiral Mikawa´s column dashing into the Savo Sound after midnight of August 9th, 1942. She joined the devastating cannonade at HMAS Canberra and fired four torpedoes on her, none of them hit. She was the probable target of torpedoes fired by USS Bagley that might have hit Canberra´s starboard side and sealed her fate. Kinugasa briefly engaged USS Chicago and obtained a hit on enemy´s foremast, causing light damage, and then she continued towards the Northern group. She was hit by one of the few shells fired by USS Vincennes that damaged her steering engines so she had to steer by main engines for a while, but paid back dearly with multiple hits on Vincennes and Astoria.