From: St. Louis
Anyone who disagrees with or wishes to amend any advice I give, please please please bust in and give it.
Moo - yes exactly, just form a new TF say for surface combat and then have them return to base. It's not a matter of turns really, but where you suspect or know enemy subs lurk. However, to use your analogy, I think 2 days to or from Australia will usually work, and 3 days to or from the west coast. Mathematically, the odds of his subs being in the right place plunge dramatically, unless he has intelligence about a choke point or some other fixed point where your TFs assemble or pass through. Just be careful about being predictable. When you need stuff (in LA say) that happens to be in Panama without escorts, just order them to a spot in the ocean well south of LA and to remain on station. As soon as they are on map, send an escort to meet and merge while ordering the TF to go to LA or return to base (LA). On ASW, in the early going almost nobody is good at it. There are a few exceptions among the AMs and YPs. No matter what, patrol your major ports especially if you have TFs not disbanded in those ports. A prudent enemy will test you there, and may deliver mines as well, so it's a good idea to have some minesweepers as well. I find if you put out say DDs DMs or DMSs with an ASW value of 2 on patrols outside of port, the subs actually have a better chance of sinking them than the other way 'round. Patrol outside the port only for special occasions (you fill in the blank) until they are upgraded to 4. Once trained, your ASW aircraft will be much more effective at beating up his subs, not to mention your search planes (which will attack almost anything they see). Make sure all the DDs etc. due upgrades are in port and disbanded so they will. It's really important they get the better ASDIC ASAP. Slow down your operations as needed to accomplish this. Also, I generally like to have ASW TFs of at least 2 ships, so when the sub torpedoes one ship the other has at least a chance of retaliation. Once your ASW rating on your DDs etc. is 6 or 8, life on those subs is pretty difficult. The sub tactics will have to change.
Brisbane and Sydney are both good ports, so use both. Sydney needs naval support as soon as you can get it there though. You should have an RAAF HQ in Sydney which maintains a torpedo inventory so you can rearm subs there, but Brisbane has a repair shipyard that's more than adequate to handle your subs, so get an AS or two there and use it for your sub base, and when you can't load torps there, send the sub to Sydney. For all other purposes, don't forget Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Aukland, that will spread out your risk should the KB come for a friendly visit; and of course it'll be handy if you develop Noumea into a significant base and port. Don't forget to develop search plane havens, try to cover all the Coral Sea and the South Pacific with overlapping search arcs coming from different directions all the way from Townsville to Pearl Harbor.
One more thing, engineers, engineers, engineers. They fight the war and will win it, clause edited out as it was offensive to many who certainly do not deserve such offense. The Brits and Commonwealth troops are woefully short of them and will remain so. Be generous to them (from the American point of view) because the USA will be turning out engineers like cuckoo clocks. Send them units with bulldozers, such as EABs and construction regiments. However, I say never send Marines to the Indian Ocean. Also, the Brits badly need fighters and can use some of those Aviation battalions with aviation support. Those can be transferred by air to China from Burma if and when it seems appropriate. When considering what fighter squadrons to send the Brits, I like to send that P-40 group and perhaps a bit more, but there's another consideration as well. The British carriers are generally short on aircraft, and they would be a lot more effective if they had full complements, especially including US naval aircraft which are generally superior to what they have. Ask yourself this question, in consideration of your general game strategy, would it be better to ship some Wildcats and Dauntlesses to Cape Town or to ship them west to meet up with the Brit carriers in the Coral Sea region? Though the Brit carriers are smaller, with the right planes and crews they can be a powerful supplement to the US CV force.
< Message edited by geofflambert -- 6/11/2012 4:38:55 AM >