The naval battle took place near the east coast of British Malaysia near the city of Kuantan on December 12, 1941. A small British cruiser task force attempted to attack Japanese troop transports, but was intercepted by a larger Japanese force.
- 6 destroyers
- 2 destroyers
One British destroyer sunk. One British cruiser and one destroyer heavily damaged. Minor damage to the Japanese fleet.
The invasion of British Malaya continues.