The Pacific Fleet Was Led By Chester W. Nimitz
Already expecting an attack by the Japanese of about four to five aircraft carriers, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz made sure he was fully prepared before leading the Pacific Fleet. With him, he had the USS Enterprise and the USS Hornet and had Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher’s task force which included the USS Yorktown.
The Yorktown had been severely damaged in a previous battle and the Japanese assumed it had been fully destroyed. Little did they know that it was ready for battle and would play a decisive role in the action to come.