I’m laughing at how the Japanese are “baffling” us with their naval strategy of “hiding” from the United States Navy. Of their major fleet units, Yamato is in drydock at Yokohama for repair to a torpedo hit, and Musashi is at anchor at Palau, having delivered a load of trucks. The carriers and remaining fleet units are at Lingga Roads, off Singapore, where the Japanese are frantically trying to train a new set of naval aviators. The baffling strategy of running away from the United States Navy was of necessity; the hangar decks of the carriers were empty as the planes and the aircrews had been lost in the air battles for Rabaul.
So their strategy is like the brave Sir Robin in Monty Python and the Holy Grail when confronted by the Killer Rabbit: “Would it help to confuse him if we ran away more?”
I suspect there is a bit of psyops being played here by the high command. They probably had a pretty good idea how much damage they've inflicted, but want to use the Japanese need for face to shame them into coming out and fighting before they are ready.
The United States Navy is HOW big now???