Sorry, I think this was asked in a thread a couple of weeks but cannot seem to locate. I like to have a few escrots in each system on patrol. However, it seems like each time they refuel, I have to give them the order again. Is there some way to make them patrol automatically and refuel when needed without me having to touch them again?
Sidenote - I tried making a system fleet for each one, but it appears there is a cap on the number of fleets, is that correct? It seem after 20 or so the option to join [new fleet] via the r.click command was no longer present.
Patrolling - I agree with BigWolf, I am sure this was fixed but seems to have fallen away again in RotS.
Fleet Creation - Same here, looks like a bug. You've probably already figured it out but as a workaround you can go into the ships and bases screen (F11), assign a ships to a new fleet there, and then the new fleet will show up in the right click list even though the option to create one is not there.
While the battles the British fight may differ in the widest possible ways, they invariably have two common characteristics – they are always fought uphill and always at the junction of two or more map sheets.
General Sir William Slim