From: Denver Colorado
Thought these might be fun to look at, but didn’t want to step on the Perfect War thread. These are what Babes folks use in our CPX scenarios and GC games.
A National ship may only rearm at a National Port or from a National TF.
National Port is pretty obvious; it assumes the right parts, in the right crates, printed in the right language. Nationality of the NavSup personnel don’t matter much, because it also assumes there’s a Dutch officer somewhere who can say “deze torpedos gaat met dat ship.” It’s a mater of ‘supply’. Supply in a Dutch port will likely be Dutch.
National TF has the same philosophy. A National TF is only formed at a National Port, so it is assumed it has National ‘supply’ on board. It must stay as a TF, so rearm is by the ‘Replenish at sea’ button if the TF is in another nationality’s port. Only thing is ‘Do not Unload’ has to be set, and the TF may not ‘Load Supply’, unless port nationality = TF nationality.
This addresses Termy’s point about Zuiderkruis in RN service, later war. The Z could sail to Columbo, disband, and then be part of a UK National TF, humping rum, oolong, crumpets, haggis and 4.7” shells. i.e, any nationality of tender can carry anything, so long as it loads National ‘supply’ at a National Port as part of a National TF.
All it takes is a bit of simple bookkeeping. If one thinks about it, it makes it mandatory that a Nation have at least one port where its tenders can re-supply. Otherwise, their combat ships quickly become useless. Makes holding onto Ceylon much more important and compels a defense of the DEI.
JWE - not only an excellent concept, but due to your superb grasp of the Dutch Language, I feel somewhat Culturally Enhanced....