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CVE's - 9/7/2010 2:49:55 PM   
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Ok ... are CVE's worth anything? I was conducting an amphibious landing on Wewak from Lae and attached a 1 CVE TF in Air Combat mode to follow the transport and bombardment TF (my carriers were busy elsewhere). I set the F4F squadron for Long Range CAP at 100. While conducting landings, a large bomber contingent from Truk came over and routinely bombed by shipping, with absolutely no response from my carrier-based fighters (which I assigned there for this exact reason). The fighter squadron was fresh, never before committed into action.

The damage to my shipping was moderate. I made a successfully landing and took Wewak, but would have liked to retain some of that shipping for my next amphib operation. Plus, I need my CVE's to do their job as the next operation is to me much closer to Truk, or any other Japanese airfields (I'm going after the Admiralty's).
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RE: CVE's - 9/7/2010 4:14:39 PM   
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You have two questions here.

The first, are your CVEs worth anything? In UV the short answer is not much. CVE Long Island seems to be useful only as a ferry to take SDBs and TBs to bases too distant for flying. There's not enough aircraft capacity to have a legimate attack group. Its lack of speed is problematic as well. The other CVEs can be put to good use as part of an escort TF for important supply or troop transport TFs. Using them in range of strong Japanese land-based airfields (or the KB)without some of your fleet CVs or long range CAP is risky, because they don't have the capacity to provide fighter protection for the ship while escorting the bombers on missions.

The second question involves the failure to launch missions. This is really an issue with air crew experience and the numbers of escorts available as much as the CVEs themselves, although they are related, again because of the lack of CVE capacity. There are a myriad of reasons as to why missions do not launch on CVEs, CVs or at LBAs. You should be able to find other UV threads that deal with these issues much better than I can explain them. But air crew experience below 60 is certainly one of them.

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RE: CVE's - 9/7/2010 5:14:41 PM   
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One CVE is not going to provide anything in the way of CAP coverage even if the airwing is set at 100%.

The reason is each starts out with only 10 fighters, and from that you deduct rotation to refuel / rearm, pilot fatigue, Op loss and of course having what is airborne having to cover several sectors. Take all that into consideration and you are truly blessed if 1-2 fighters find themselves in the right place and time when the waves of Bettys arrive from Truk.

Best to assemble multiple CVEs, or better yet pair them up with a fleet carrier (Wasp or a CVL) and radar equipped escorts to get the most bang for your buck.

Also, do not place the carriers in the same hex as the landing beach. CAP flying from a carrier that is parked in a shallow water hex will be reduced by 25% (IIRC). That alone is all the more reason to assemble multiple carriers to 'phib Ops - one can provide CAP to the landing zone and the other to the TF.

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RE: CVE's - 9/8/2010 3:32:05 AM   
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yes, CVE's are useful. Put good escorts with them and sail them in the same hex as your main carriers if you can afford to move slowly. The more planes you can get in the area the better. also, you will be shocked at the punishment they can take and make it back to port.

to the other points, never put your carriers in an invasion hex. First, IJN mines are DEADLY in this game. secondly, your flight rates are cut in half in a coastal hex.
LRCAP missions have a tendancy to cover what the AI wants them to cover unless you order them to a specific hex or TF.


Finally, take care not to judge the game by how the AI plays.

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RE: CVE's - 9/8/2010 8:06:37 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: borner

yes, CVE's are useful. Put good escorts with them and sail them in the same hex as your main carriers if you can afford to move slowly. The more planes you can get in the area the better. also, you will be shocked at the punishment they can take and make it back to port.

to the other points, never put your carriers in an invasion hex. First, IJN mines are DEADLY in this game. secondly, your flight rates are cut in half in a coastal hex.
LRCAP missions have a tendancy to cover what the AI wants them to cover unless you order them to a specific hex or TF.


Finally, take care not to judge the game by how the AI plays.



Judging the AI? Naw ... I love the game, AI regardless. It's as detailed as it is action packed!

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