From: Washington D.C.
Whenever possible use your aircraft, a knife fight between a surface ship and a sub will almost always go wrong.
Do they have VLA/ASROC in this scenario? If they do, then it might not go wrong, but it's certainly not desirable, either. When I transit a surface ship, I think of it as a layered defense. My first layer of defense is the MPA, my second is the helicopter, the third is VLA/ASROC if I have it, and my fourth is over-the-side torpedoes/depth charges/RBUs/hedgehogs. I set up the patrol areas and engagement areas to reflect that, so before the ship even passes, the path ahead has already been searched twice by helicopters and MPA. Hopefully the MPA kills all the submarines a long way away from the ship, the helicopters back it up, and the VLA and over-the-side are reduced to last-ditch defenses when everything else fails.
< Message edited by SeaQueen -- 4/30/2019 9:35:44 PM >