On February 27, a Japanese convoy of 18 craft was approaching the east end of Java. Dutch Admiral Helfrich, Commander-in-Chief of ABDA naval forces in the East Indies, ordered that all available Allied warships fight for the survival of Java. Admiral Karel Doorman commanded the 14 craft on hand and sailed from the East Java port of Surabaya to confront the invaders. Contact was made mid-afternoon, beginning a battle consisting of intermittent engagements in which Doorman's ABDA fleet was repeatedly repulsed by the Japanese, with heavy losses to the Allies.
Quo Fata Vocant-Whither the Fates call