From: Cooksville, MD
I tend to group my carriers in the largest task forces I can manage. It eliminates the possibility of reaction dislocation & maximizes AA (even with the reduction past 10 ships).
If I can pack a task force with 3 - 4 CVs, 2 or 3 CVLs, and maybe even a couple CVEs, supported by Fast BBs, CLAAs & CLs, up to a total of 25 warships, I do.
Its a target the AI can't resist, and my massive CAP is usually enough to wipe out any incoming strike. I send this group to Truk as Betty-bait to eliminate the Jap bomber threat before sending in my bombardment groups.
Especially against the AI Super Carrier Task Forces, I feel more is definitely better & group all my carriers in a single group. In scenario #15, I had Enterprise, Yorktown, Saratoga, Wasp, & Lexington in one group & squared off against the AI Super-Group of nine carriers.
By the time it was over (with strikes both north and south of Lunga) the AI lost Kaga, Akagi, Shokaku, Zuikaku, & both light carriers - with only Soryu & Hiyui (sp?) getting away. I suffered damage to Saratoga & Wasp (sending both back to Pearl), but the rest were all battleworthy.
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