The naval campaign of Guadalcanal was one of the key components in deciding the outcome of the battle. One naval battle happened when a Japanese fleet led by Vice Admiral Gunich Mikawa attempted to regain the Island by way of sea through Iron Bottom Sound. He was in a substantially better position than the Americans because the American carriers had left the day before and they had the cover of a foggy night. The Japanese raid was successful and they sunk three carriers and two destroyers. None of the Japanese ships were sunk but one was damaged. This was enough to eliminate the American Navy at Guadalcanal. The Japanese continued to control the waters around Guadalcanal. But reinforcements from Pearl Harbor came shortly and eliminated the Japanese Navy.