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Battle of Sulu (21st Century Crisis)

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Battle of the Sulu Sea
Destroyed malaysian ship

December 1, 2008


June 4, 2009


Sulu Sea


Malaysian victory


Flag of Malaysia Malaysia

Flag of the Philippines Philippines


Flag of Malaysia Sharafuddin I. Shah
Flag of Malaysia Azizul Amal

Flag of the Philippines Datu Issa Kiram
Flag of the Philippines Datu Michael Yakub
Flag of the Philippines Datu Ismail Luntok


34 torpedo boats
6 vessels

24 torpedo boats

Casualties and Losses

23 torpedo boats sunk
3 vessels destroyed
93 killed
30 injured

20 torpedo boats sunk
122 killed
94 more injured

The Battle of the Sulu Sea (Malay: Pertempuran Laut Sulu, Filipino: Labanan ng Dagat sa Sulu) was a naval battle fought between the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Philippine Navy in Sulu Sea, around the areas of Zamboanga City and the Sulu Archipelago during the Borneo War.

The battle began shortly after the Philippines declared war on Malaysia on November 24, 2008. The battle started with Philippine naval forces attacking Malaysian patrols around Sabah and the Sulu Archipelago. However, because Malaysia had a superior navy to that of the Philippines, and as self-sufficient navy, they were able to repulse the invasion, eventually pushing the Philippine naval forces up as far as Zamboanga del Norte. 

With the Sulu Sea now under majority-Malaysian control, vessels transported Malaysian troops for a land invasion of the southern Philippines. However, due to stubborn resistance - these were quickly routed by a mix of Filipino soldiers and guerillias. 

Despite the Malaysian victory, Philippine land forces were successful in destroying and damaging three Malaysian vessels, killing off most of soldiers inside. 

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