An early version of this article first appeared in SOFREP in late November 2016 as a feature written by British Army SAS veteran Phil Campion, who shared his insights as he reflected on the story of Task Force Taffy Three. Also known as Taffy 3, the task force unit was renowned for its heroic and valiant actions during the Battle of Samar in World War II. It has been augmented with additional information and updated for publication today.

At A Glance: Campion highlighted the heroic actions of Task Force Taffy Three during the Battle of Samar in World War II. He recalled the bravery and sacrifices displayed by the unit, despite being heavily outnumbered and outgunned. Moreover, he reflected on the importance of naval history and the need to prioritize defense spending to maintain a strong navy.

Campion also raises concerns about the state of the Royal Navy and emphasizes the necessity of a robust military to ensure national security. He calls for proper investment in the armed forces and urges the government to recognize the broader benefits that defense spending can bring, including technological innovation and skills development.

Heroic Stand of the U.S. Navy in the Battle of Leyte Gulf

U.S. Navy destroyers and destroyer escorts laying a smoke screen during the Battle of Samar. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The legendary Task Force Taffy Three was a U.S. naval unit that played a pivotal role in the Battle of Leyte Gulf during World War II. It comprised a small group of six escort carriers, three destroyers, and four destroyer escorts.