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The Luzon Strait is an important strait connecting the Philippine Seamarker, in the western Pacificmarker, to the South China Seamarker, between Taiwanmarker and Luzonmarker in the Philippinesmarker.

The strait is approximately 250 km wide. It contains a number of islands grouped into two groups: the Batanes Islandsmarker of Batanes province and the Babuyan Islandsmarker of Cagayanmarker province.

The strait is divided into a number of smaller channels. The Babuyan Channel separates Luzon from the Babuyan Islands, which is separated from the Batanes Islands by the Balintang Channel. Batanes is separated from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel.

This is an important strait for shipping and communications. Many ships from the Americas use this route to go important East Asian ports. Many submarine communications cables pass through the Luzon Strait. These cables provide important data and telephony services to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.


The Luzon Strait was part of the Japanesemarker invasion route in December 1941. On December 8 (the same day as the Pearl Harbormarker attack, because of the date line), they landed on Batanes. On December 10, they occupied Camiguin Island (not the same as the Camiguinmarker just north of Mindanaomarker) in a soon-abandoned attempt to establish a seaplane base, and on the same day landed at Aparrimarker on Luzon.

Subsequently, many USmarker submarines hunted Japanese convoys passing through the strait on their way from the East Indies to Japan.


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