From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
Hi Guys. I'm off to an Army school for the week. Ted is out of town for the week as well. Things finally worked for us. Usually we're offset with our travel schedules. Anyway, I don't have access to the game, but have been thinking about things when I can. I've been looking at fuel/resource/oil movement from the SRA to the Home Islands. Keep in mind that I don't have the map in front of me so I've been doing a lot of guessing.
Concerning TKs, there is a shortage unless one of two things happens. Either xAKs must be used to move fuel (very inefficient) or AOs need to be pressed into service to move oil and fuel. I like to reserve AO for their replenishment job, which means xAKs have to do the job. As an alternative to using xAKs, I propose that all available Std- class xAKs be converted to TKs. They're slow and mostly small, but they increase efficiency compared to when they're xAKs.
I plan on using the fast TKs (5x Tonan Whalers (15 kt), 8x Type-N TL (19 kt) & 8x Type-1 TL (18 kt)) for moving from hubs to the Home Islands. The hubs are Singapore, Formosa and Palau. Singapore moves to Formosa, which moves to the HI. Palau moves directly to the HI. I can shift the Palau hub to Davao if needed.
The remaining TKs as well as the converted Std classes will move oil and fuel from the originating ports to the hubs.
In addition, Truk will pull resources from Nauru and Ocean Islands and will send them to the HI as shipping moves in that direction. I just learned that xAPs can move resources; a change from WitP.
Back to moving stuff... I'm trying to task different xAK classes for different missions.
I'm going to convert all the Yusen S to the -t. It's 18 kt speed can augment the xAPs for quick movement of troops around the Pacific.
I currently have 5 AKEs. If I need any more, I'll use the Lima class, the largest xAK that can convert to an AKE.
The Yusen N will convert to AKs should I decide to do this conversion. I'm still not convinced conversion from xAKs to AKs is necessary.
The Yusen A will also be used for the -t conversion if I think I will need more. I don't think so at this point. If I decide to convert more ships to AKs, I'll convert from this class as well.
I like the Kyushu class for resource movement from hubs to the HI. It has a speed of 18 kts, so it can keep up with fast TKs and it also carries a small amount of liquid (300 tons), so it can augment the TKs for oil movement.
Just a couple of thoughts. I'll post the last couple of turns later this week.
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