From: Alberta, Canada
I thought I'd elaborate further on the impact the reduced aviation support is having upon my operations.
I'm used to advancing under an LBA umbrella in the DEI. The initial disposition of aviation support units is less than ideal at start. Compounding the problem is that almost no aviation support units are included in the initial amphibious task forces. Taking the bases hasn't been an issue, getting aviation support forward is. Since December 8th, no Japanese naval air units have launched torpedo attacks against Allied TF's operating within strike range. I can only surmise distance and weather is preventing the attacks. I've already changed leadership in the torpedo bomber units to insure high aggression, but they still won't launch. Defensively, my forward fighters are operating from bases with inadequate aviation support and having to provide CAP/LRCAP in such small numbers as to be insufficient at best, resulting in successful enemy bombing attacks against my shipping.
In light of this development, I've created numerous follow up amphibious TF's to move as much aviation support forward to allow sufficient numbers of aircraft to be deployed at the point of attack. I fear I've missed the chance to close the escape route from Singapore, but with aircraft not flying there wasn't much I could have done. Until I can close the door on Allied naval movement, I've temporarily delayed the next wave of amphibious landings. A few days of delay in order to consolidate my position and provide adequate air cover moving forward will pay dividends. I've lost more ships in the first few days of the war then ever before, and it's the result of rushing amphibious landings ahead of providing adequate air cover. The most important Japanese units on the map right now are the aviation support units, without them in place I'm throwing away my chance at air superiority, which puts my naval assets at risk and allows Allied ships to escape destruction. In this case, a speedy advance simply means more sunk Japanese ships. I don't need to rush in the DEI, as it only provides opportunities to my opponent.
< Message edited by SqzMyLemon -- 11/13/2015 11:03:33 PM >
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