OK results are in, much tougher scenario. My F-14's and F-18's took a beating but scored many hits. I tried to stay and fight it out during the retreat. My goal was to keep the airfields from launching missiles.
I was a fair job, as some got through. The IKE got hit twice but was able to maintain operations etc.
The CV Fleet had to wait, once half my 14's could keep air superiority, the rest of the planes stated the strikes. It took 4 waves, but mission accomplished, and the last ship, A Slava, was taken by a flight of Orion's.
Once the Flankers were weaned, the MiG23's and Backfires we easy to handle with the help of F-15's from Iceland.
The last 2/3 of the journey were unmolested except for a few dead whales and some pesky Kilo's.
It ended in a draw, as I guess I did not get far enough south as the IKE was limited in speed. I think I got it as I only lost some FFG's and a Spruance.
MUCH TOUGHER SCENARIO. The AI is much better. Wave after Wave....
I had fun..