From: Sydney, Australia
Elrod, LBA is land based aircraft,
SOB, is your opponent when he sinks your ships.
I think my opponent was just lucky with CV availability in the PBEM game I mentioned.
Doing some sums, he must have had 7 flattops available in the first month inTokyo, then these ships must have been released immediately to be sailing off Gili Gili by early July.
I've started some test games as IJN to test availability and at 120% commitment it is remarkable how often 7 carriers are available at Tokyo in the first 30 days.
Also, given that I did sink some carriers early and knowing just how much Yamamoto (the one in Tokyo, not on these boards) hates seeing his carriers sunk I'm not surprised that all 7 carriers available at Tokyo were released as they came in.
I'm seriously considering trying hard in future NOT to sink IJN carriers early, just to really, really hurt them :D
As a postscript on the above action, I lost all 3 CV's, one sunk immediately the other two by his sole remaining operational carrier as they made a dash for Noumea but my opponent lost a CV and CVL sunk as they limped to port and Lee managed a surface intercept in which he sank a CV and CVL.
So, things turned out better than I thought.
Never give up, never surrender