"As for ML's, due to lack of mines in the game - I keep them in dock somewhere and forget about them (Bombay, PH, Melbourne)."
Guys... MLs are no longer MineLayers, they are Motor Launches. Most seem to be most useful as ASW ships.
Minelayers are now designated as CM (Cruiser, Minelaying - definitely describes the Manxman class!) and CMc (Cuiser, Minelaying, coastal).
It takes some getting used to. I know that I sat the MLs for quite awhile until I looked more closely at them...
Well...I feel like a moron. I've only been playing this game since it came out and just blithely assumed the ship was useless.
As they say, learn something new everyday.
Anyways, I scoured the map in my game (4/42 now) and only found 2 ML's in service (rest were destroyed in Singapore). They have an appealing upgrade path with either a 6 or 8 ASW level. So...if/when I get some more ML's, they'll be put on ASW duty around Colombo and other Indian ports.