Just 4 dd's in the TF, but I didn't see any sub combat. They were bombarding jolo this time and on the run in they skirmished with a DD (the DD shot up one of mine and then ran away without getting hit heh), smashed and sunk 4 akl's that happened to be in the way, and bombarded jolo before running back toward soerbaja. The combat with the 4 akl's was when the collision happened this time, but this batch of combat was unusual. Most of the bombardment runs I make I'm pretty careful about avoiding anything that can shoot back, these 4 akl's snuck through my navsearch.
Night combat, clear conditions, 89% moonlight. The BB has 72/58 xp, the CA 58/59 xp. So high 50's night xp. Their captains are the usual above average that you find on any combat ship. The TF was 4 BB's, 1 BC (yay repulse), 8 CA's, 8 CL's, and 4 DD's.
I havn't really worried about DD's too much since all the japanese subs seem to be off the east coast of OZ, around PH, and off the west coast of america.
Right now I have 5 US CA's, 1 British CA, 2 US CL's, 2 British CL's, and one new zealand CL on their way to or from or at capetown for repairs heh. The british ships all with 70ish/50ish xp and the american ships with 50/50 ish. There are probably an equal number of various DD's at soerbaja for repairs though I'm probably lucky none of them have sunk. All from collisions. There are a number of ships from early days that conducted their repairs and are back in action already as well.
It just seems like the number of collisions I've been experiencing are excessive and I'm wondering if I should change how I operate or if this is just the cost of doing business. Is 25 ships in a combat TF borderline excessive? Would having more DD's balance the force better in some way to allow it to operate in a safer fashion?
I've seen a handful of collisions in transport or supply TF's as well, but just a few here or there. My supply convoys are usually sized to the port they're using, so 104ktons or 128ktons or 172ktons. Which might work out to 20+ ships.
So far I havn't seen any sinkings from these collisions, though with the numbers I'm having it seems like just a matter of time. The BB and CA's are usually only 20+ish engine+float damage, the CL's a bit more. The DD's that have been involved often have 40-50 flotation or engine damage. The xAK's that I've seen involved in collisions range from light damage to crippling, but I've only seen 3 or 4 of those in the first 5 months of the war.