From: Vienna, Austria
A historical benchmark might be of interest: at Tassafaronga, Tanaka's DDs were unloading supplies etc. [not sure if there were troops too] when the US CAs surprised him. He still managed to stop loading, go from 0 to battle speed, and unleash a wave of torps that sank one CA and damaged two or three more. He lost only one DD. I would say that proves that Fast Tpt TFs can fight back!
Usually I agree with your knowledgable comments BBfanboy, but this is not a good example.
Saburo Sakai when based at Iwo Jima, after previousely losing his eyesight on one eye at Guadalcanal, flying an old Zeke version, for 20mins fought a pitched battle against 15 Navy Hellcats,
survived to tell the story, and landed his undamaged plane back at base without a scratch.
This does not tell us anything about the performance relation between Zeke and Hellcat or about general survival chances for Japanese pilots in such a situation -
and so nothing about how the game should treat similar situations.
It only tells a story about unbelievable luck against green opponents, demonstrates the exceptional skill of Sakai, and maybe a bit about the maneuverability of the Zeke
Obviousely FT convoys should have a fighting chance against surface combatants.
But Tassafaronga was influenced by the exceptional performance of Tanaka, several mistakes on the side of Wright, the fact that Tanaka only delivered food supplies -
which usually were simply dropped overboard without waiting for regular unload, a significant portion of luck, and that the Long Lance was a class A weapon - if it hit.
Taking it as an example of how a troop/ammo loaded FT TF should perform against a genuine SAG is simply wrong.