Hi Southern Cross, if it’s your real name :)
I thought it’s impossible to buy this game “by the way”, this is specific product and there are only two possibilities here – you madly love it or you just hate it.
(1)This is only my guesstimate, Flagship is the ship with biggest victory value in TF, and if there are several ships with the same victory value – ship with most experienced crew. When TF commander cannot be assigned manually, this is a most skilled skipper from those whose ships are in that TF, but my latest researches indicates that program takes random commander. See 8.25 of Manual
Docked: “Ships that are docked do not suffer operational damage and will be able to repair damage faster than if at sea, but they will also be easier to hit by attacking aircraft. Docked TF ’s do not use endurance, but they will automatically respond to enemy naval forces (both reaction moves and to engage an enemy fleet in the same hex), in which case they will no longer be docked”.
Anchored: “Ships at a friendly port with a current size of at least 3 may exist in the port separate of a task force in which case they will maximize their repair capability at the expense of additional vulnerability to enemy attacks (this is considered being at anchor). Ships docked or at anchor at a port with a current size of at least 3 are immune to enemy submarine attacks.”
So if you have ships in port of size higher than 3, and you still have your dilemma – disband TF and get ships anchored if naval threat is higher than air threat, in this case enemy ships can hurt you only if they will bombard your base, if you think that port can be attacked by air – keep ships docked, although it doesn’t really matter, if enemy aircraft can reach you in sufficient numbers they will do harm to the ships, that way or another.
(3) Yes, all AA guns are firing at any enemy aircraft in the same hex, no matter what for those bastards came.
If you really want to play UV - forget AI, find human opponent. AI there is just for training :)
This is probably just fow.
Hope this helps