USA to Australia - Your Canadian KVs are your best early war escorts. I convert almost all of my Clemson DDs to APDs and use them to escort my AOs and TKs TFs, first and foremost. Now, depending on how far east Mr Kane expands, I like both Christmas Island and Vava'u (largest potential port in SoPac outside of Aukland) as my refueling hubs, but you can go further south towards Tahiti, if needed. Troops, construction, and naval support units go to both quickly. 18 plane FPs go to both for ASW patrols. Use the slow 11 and 12 knot AO/TKs to feed Christmas (Los Angeles is my AO/TK hub for USA). You can use bases like Hilo or Christmas as initial destinations and then reset the TF for others further south (there are many not too far south of Christmas) to minimize your escorts refueling so much. I set many to Christmas and some of the dot bases to the south. Then, to Vava'u and bases around it before finally Sydney. Now, make sure you have "Do Not Refuel" option set!!! Once they get to Sydney and unload they should have enough to get back to Vava'u. There, I click the TF to "Minimum Refuel" with the possibility to make another destination of Christmas before getting back to USA. Following all this means I don't use the fuel I got to Australia being used to bring back fuel to the USA in the ships own bunkers. Most of my TFs are in the red fuel wise once they get to SF/LA.
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