From: Hessen, Germany - now living in France
Request for michaelm (stop me if I say something silly):
In the TF screen > Set Patrol Zone screen there are the "Clear Patrol Zone" and "Restore Patrol Zone" buttons.
They do work fine during the same order phase i.e. patrol zone can be cleared and restored at will during order phase (as long as TF composition remains unchanged after clearing).
However, if a TF spends a turn in port with patrol zone cleared, in the next order phase the option to restore the patrol zone is gone.
Furthermore, if you clear a patrol zone, then transfer a ship out and another ship in, the restore option is gone immediately i.e. in the same order phase.
My request is to make the clear/restore patrol zone option permanent as long as the TF exists, regardless of how long the TF spends at port with patrol zone cleared or whether ships are being transferred from/to the TF while the patrol zone is cleared.
This could make managing patrol zones easier - esp. for submarines and permanent ASW and MSW patrols around ports etc.
I discovered this 'button behavior' when I was tinkering in my mod with the idea of "relief crews" for submarines.
I have created a "relief crew" submarines class with no weapons, minimum endurance etc. which could be transferred at port into a sub TF while the sub is being transferred out - the idea being that the relief crew would act as placeholder for the TF and its cleared patrol zone while the sub spends a few days in port to repair the customary 1-3 points of minor "cruising" damage (or battle damage if any). After repairs finished the sub would be transferred in, the relief crew out and the sub could resume patrol with the restored patrol zone > no need to set the patrol zone "manually" all over again, yippee!
Well, due to the clear/restore button behavior mentioned above this does not work as intended...
Currently, only way I know to avoid setting patrol zones manually over and over again is to catch the patrol TF with the damaged ship in port and have an undamaged ship of same type available for exchange (which is not always the case) which will continue the patrol while the damaged one is being repaired - without touching the clear/restore option.