From: the flight deck of the Zuikaku
12 May 42
Ted's back in town and we're back in business!
Reinforcements: DD Naganami (Yugumo class), Std-C xAK, SC Ch-30. The DD & SC allow me to accelerate the Shimikaze.
Quiet turn today, but a couple of significant events happened.
Palembang's airfield reached level 5, which is a milestone. Since the port is already maxed at 4, there no longer is a max for fuel or supply in that hex. To this point, I've had the refinery shut off and have been using everything that will float to suck fuel out of the hex because the fuel was maxed when I liberated it. I can now turn the refinery back on and set up my convoys properly.
Since Ted has offered up the 8 Marine Regiment on a silver platter on Ndeni, I am going to use everything available to take it from him. I currently have Ndeni isolated and have an SNLF and 3 Naval Guard units there, which is not enough to take it. The Gds Bde is enroute (still several days out). I have the 90 Regiment garrisoning Pt. Moresby and 3 more Naval Guard units that have recently arrived at Truk that have begun prepping for Ndeni. They'll all head there too. That should be the equilalent of 1.5-2 divisions vs. the Marine regiment, who's AV is around 83 right now.
KB 1 (Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku and Zuikaku) is hovering to the north unseen in case Ted tries to reinforce or evacuate. I also have the 4 Furutakas that are bombarding.
I had this report appear for the 3rd time this month:
Heavy Volume of Radio transmissions detected at Vava'u (141,165).
I had diverted a Glen carrying sub to check the place out but it ran low on fuel and returned to base. I've got another headed in that direction and have a mine carrying sub sending some presents there. Those are the last of my Mk 88 mines for awhile.
KB 2 (Akagi & Kaga) is headed north from Kwajalein to visit Adak.
Ted bombed Magwe's oil field again, causing no additional damage. The field is still at 63 of 300.
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