In the meantime, German air reconnaissance reported at 0655 the presence of the enemy force, composed of the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, one (possible) battleship, four heavy cruisers
, eight destroyers, and two torpedo boats, proceeding on a westerly course at fifteen knots.
Motorcycling in those markets has become quite extreme - there are the extremely heavy cruisers
, or extremely fast 200-hp sports motorcycles, or extremely expensive motorcycles," points out Lal.
Ernest Evans ordered flank speed and went straight at the Japanese battleships and heavy cruisers
Along with four Kongo-class fast battleships, one light and five heavy cruisers
, nine modern destroyers, and half a dozen tankers, Nagumo's carriers steamed south across the Banda Sea, through the Ombai Strait (between Timor and Alor), and into the Indian Ocean.
Four heavy cruisers
(three American, one Australian) were sunk by an equal strength but decidedly more skilled Japanese force.
These dimensions are about the size of the German heavy cruisers
of the Hipper class.
At 0645 an American air patrol spotted the Center Force, The pilots couldn't believe what they saw--4 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers
, 2 light cruisers, and 11 destroyers.
The USS Enterprise, with James Wilson aboard, was about 215 miles west of Oahu, along with heavy cruisers
Northampton, Chester and Salt Lake City, and nine destroyers.
Kiyohide Shima, with the support of two heavy cruisers
, a light cruiser and four destroyers.
Meanwhile, a scout plane from USS or to n (CV 5) found the Japanese Covering Group, the light carrier o o and four heavy cruisers
, which faulty message coding transformed into "two carriers and four heavy cruisers
At the same time, under command of Admiral Count von Spee, the strong German Far-East squadron consisting of two heavy cruisers
Scharnhorst and Gneisnenau plus the light cruisers Leipzig, Dresden, Nurnberg and Emden moved from Tsingtao.
During his service he went to the Mediterranean when Malta was under siege and was "Mentioned in Dispatches" following a successful engagement with some Italian heavy cruisers