another plus is that you have less of a chance of a TF's commander charging off into the teeth of the enemy. I used to operate my CV's in single TF's of 15 total ships. It maxed AA and spread out the enemy attack, but it always seemed as if one would seperate from the group and became an easy target.
Here's what ya do. Form a surface combat TF (even one ship is enough). Order it to patrol/do not retire. Then, form your air combat TFs, order them to patrol/do not retire, and order them to follow your surface combat TF.
Even with the most aggressive commanders possible, they will tag along wagging their tails behind them. No more of the stupid reacting toward the enemy crap. Some say this solution is "gamey," but I say the game is full of sh1t for having included this silly feature in the first place.
But, of course, nobody listened to me way back when. I'm just glad I found a workaround.
Put my faith in the people
And the people let me down.
So, I turned the other way,
And I carry on anyhow.