Until Kurita performed maneuvers, Southern Group Nishimura (2 battleships, 1 cruiser, 4 destroyers) entered Surigao Strait, which led to the Gulf of Leyte on the night of October 25th. Here is the way it blocked the strike force 7 of the US Navy under the command of Rear Admiral J. Oldendorf (6 battleships, 8 cruisers, 28 destroyers, 39 torpedo boats). In the ensuing firefight, they to the nines smashed the South group, from which the whole was 1 destroyer. When the Southern Group had already been defeated, to the battle finally arrived North squad Sims (5 cruisers and 8 destroyers). Understand the situation and receiving sensitive artillery attacks on American ships, he was forced to retire.