On 13 February 1945, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz wrote:
Three destroyers . . . went down with practically all hands . . . serious damage was sustained by [five aircraft carriers, one cruiser, and three destroyers]. Lesser damage was sustained by at least 19 other vessels . . . 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair. . . . About 790 officers and men were lost or killed, and 80 more were injured.
This was not an after-action report of the Battle of Okinawa or some other great Pacific war engagement. It was written in the aftermath of the 3rd Fleet’s encounter with a typhoon.