From: Bexhill-on-Sea, E Sussex
ORIGINAL: Chris H
The image you posted shows it as "Command HQ". It's just named "Southeast Area Fleet". Look at the upper left-hand corner.
Yes it must be but, as I said in the post, it is not listed as a command HQ when you use the G key to list all HQs, just a naval HQ. Not until I went through all HQs in the area of the unit that upgraded did I realise this. The same thing applies to the 4th Fleet HQ but I knew about this one but disregarded it, t was too far away.
I am now reminded of a discussion in the forum about it and the conclusion was it wasn't a command HQ as it did not appear to give any combat bonuses. Having checked the post again it does say that it allows TOE upgrades but not combat bonuses but how does that work? It either is or it isn't. I can't see the game being able to differentiate between two types of command HQ. I've looked in the scenario editor in an attempt to work it out but cannot.
This begs the question as to why these two are command HQs and the Combined Fleet isn't. Seems bizarre to me.
Both "4th Fleet" and "Southeast Area Fleet" are naval HQs.
The reason they are listed as command HQs on the LCU screen is because they are assigned as their own HQ. This allows other units to be assigned to them, and to function as a limited command HQ.
How is this acheived? Unless it is hard wired somehow into the game I can see no way of through the scenario editor to accomplish this.
"Combined Fleet" is also a naval HQ, but is assigned to "Southern Army", and thus only functions as a naval HQ.
In all Japanese OOBs that I have ever seen the Combined fleet was not assigned to the Southern Army it reported direct to the Imperial Headquarters. All naval fleets reported to the combined fleet. However I'm not bothered about that, it doesn't affect the game as it is.