From: PDX (and now) London, UK
Probably 3-4 more fast AOs won't hurt. I'll do it asap! Fuel is flowing smoothly finally....and the xAKs can do the main job anyway.
About using CVEs as asw platforms.... I was thinking about that, but not for the AOs or the fuel convoys, but for the KB.... For the moment my CVEs are embedded with the KB, providing extra zero CAP.... But Brad's use of subs is awesome and i've been very scared about what happened to herbiesan recently (4 CVs hit by subs in a single sortie!!!! ) .... Dn't know what to do properly....but, for the time being, i'm training like mad 80 navy pilots in ASW role....hopefully sooner than later i'll be able to place some elite ASW pilots on CVEs...
....now, waiting for qball to fix is problem, i've seen another weak spot in my perimeter: ramree island, in Burma....have to garrison it ASAP
I've been using a lot of xAKs for hauling fuel. The only issue with that is they are not as efficient. It's usually a returning supply/troop convoy for me so it would be heading back to the HI anyway, why not load it up, right?
Ramree could be a thorn. I put a solid garrison and a huge engineer unit (with a few combat engineers) there to make sure it would be taken only with some effort.
If you want a lot of good IJAAF groups for ASW, just dedicate them now and put mostly replacement pilots in, start them on ASW. When they get to 40/60 exp/skill, which won't take long, then put them on 40/40/20 ASW/train/rest and leave them. They'll train up the rest. After they get to 70 ASW I switch the main mission to low naval and keep them on the same settings, and they will train low naval as they do ASW. Takes a while, but then at least they are spotting subs while training. With low naval skill you're also training kami pilots, and if you ever want to switch them to search, they will be more likely to hit something as well.
Jocke's subs are killing stuff every day now, and it doesn't loo to stop, but at least some of them are being attacked by air as well. I get hit messages, but no idea how many are real. Jocke? Maybe you can let us know?
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