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    Tongatapu Harbor (Nukualofa Harbor) Tongatapu (Western Tongatapu) Tonga
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Tom McLeod 1997
Location
Tongatapu Harbor (Tongatabu Harbor) borders Nukualofa (Nuku'alofa) on the north coast of Tongatapu (Western Tongatapu) in the Tonga Island Group (Tonga Islands) in Tonga (Kingdom of Tonga). Also known as "Nukualofa Harbor" or "Nuku'alofa Harbor". To the east is the Piha / Biha (Eastern Passage). To the north is Makaha'a, The Narrows and Ava Lahi (Great Passage). Pronounced "Nuke-ahh-lofa"

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Construction
At the start of the Pacific War, Tongatapu Harbor was deemed to be undeveloped by the U.S. Navy (USN). On May 10, 1942 the first U.S. Navy (USN) convoy and personnel landed at Nukualofa. The U.S. Navy Seabees from the 1st Naval Construction Battalion (1st NCB) "Seabees" built a concrete pier (main wharf), coral pier built and mine layer pier at Nukualofa.

Wartime History
At the start of the Pacific War, Tongatapu Harbor was an undeveloped harbor. During April 1942, USS Yorktown CV-5 anchored in Tongatapu Harbor for upkeep as a result of being at sea continuously until departing April 27, 1942 bound for New Hebrides then participates in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Used by American warships and transports during the early phase of the Pacific War.

Nukualofa Harbor Seaplane Base
Seaplane operating in Tongatapu Harbor with shore facilities at Nukualofa

References
The United States Invasion of Tonga In 1942 by Tom McLeod
Thanks to Tom McLeod for additional information

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