At noon on October 25, while en route to Leyte, Takeo Kurita received a notice, US warships were pulling out from Leyte. Based on the analysis of the situation, he said that the US transport ships had transferred all their weapons, equipment and military equipment on the shore and now are starting to return. Girl with horse and dogs happily ever after poster. With that in mind, he ordered Japanese warships not to engage with this force to secure their forces, and at the same time prepare a battle with the carriers. 12:35 Japanese battleships were ordered to journey north to find American carriers.