Noumea, and left for Pearl Harbor. Halsey retained command of his Third Fleet, which on paper he took with him. All of his Third Fleet's ships, aircraft, and bases were actually turned over to MacArthur's Seventh Fleet, now commanded by Vice Admiral Kinkaid. MacArthur took them northwest along the New Guinea coast, toward Leyte.
Halsey led his new Third Fleet to further fame west across the far reaches of the Central Pacific. He and MacArthur met again at Leyte, in October 1944. Both ended up in Tokyo Bay in 1945, victors.