Blackett Strait

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Coordinates: 8°7′0″S 157°0′0″E / 8.11667°S 157.00000°E / -8.11667; 157.00000

Blackett Strait separates the large round island (Kolombangara) from Arundel to the south and Gizo to the west.

Blackett Strait is a waterway in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. It lies between the islands of Kolombangara to the north, and Arundel Island (Kohinggo) to the south. It connects Vella Gulf to the west with Kula Gulf to the east.

During the Solomon Islands campaign in World War II, the Battle of Blackett Strait was fought here between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the United States Navy on the night of 5–6 March 1943.

An unnamed engagement between a small American PT boat force and Japanese destroyers on 2 August 1943 became famous in the U.S. when John F. Kennedy's PT-109 was rammed by a destroyer, and saved by locals Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana in a dugout canoe.