Commanded by Rear Admiral John M. Higgins, USN had 17 ships comprising 5 Task Units (TU) under his command, they included:
Task Unit 96.5.1 Flagship Element.
Task Unit 96.5.2 Destroyer Element.
Task Unit 96.5.3 British Commonwealth Support Element.
Early on the morning of the 26th
Admiral Hartman assumed command of the Support Group, sortied from Sasebo with
Cruiser Division 3 and
Desdiv 111, and headed north to bombard the Korean coast.
But his plans were to be rudely interrupted by the developments to the southward
which had concerned