question wrt ASW pilots - do these guys need both ASW & LowN skills to be effective? i don't have a handle on the idea, i assume ASW is for detection, but LowN is needed for getting a hit.
currently, i run my Kingfishers at 50%ASW/50%Train, rng=4 when their ships are at sea, & switch them to 100%Train, rng=0 (at 1k' for LowN) when in port. some few of my CV TB sqns, whose NavT skills are already in the 70s, get the same treatment (of course they switch to NavT mode in a combat area, similarly, Kingfishers will change to NavS, 6k', rng=6).
also, let me put in a plug for training up a Catalina sqn in NavT. recently i chanced to notice that the Cats i'd just xferred to Port Moresby for searching were 70+ in NavT, & that the RAF AirHQ i'd just slipped in w/ a re-supply convoy could buy torps. placed on NavT, 30%Search, 8k' & rng=6, those Cats monstered 2 IJN CAs & some transports inbound to PM. neither the Cat sqn or the AirHQ had a high-value leader, the sqn's morale fell to 70, but its losses were light. i was surprised they were so effective in the NavT role.
not all Cats can carry torps, & of course you need them desperately for L-R NavS & local ASW work, all over the map. but yum, this 1 sqn came up big for me when i needed it badly, in a point-defense role. they're in rest/training mode now, once their morale recovers they'll fly w/ fighter escort.