From: The Great White North!
Was just forming a reply. There is some room to add a couple:
OK the South African's have an Oiler! You just never know!
I had the Canadian ships busy: Protector on the West Coast, Provider supporting STANAVFORLANT (fiction, STANAVFORLANT didn't really exist at the time) and Preserver at the time was in the Med supporting the SNMG2 (historic) but I could shuffle the decks and keep the Preserver or Provider at home.
The French are really tapped out, they had 5 with one in refit, one in the IO, one in Westpac, one with each CV
The Dutch have a couple; I'll make one available
The Spaniards, have an interesting history on their tankers! Including an impounded smuggler , I'll need to do some more looking for them but their CV should have something.
Germans, Italians and Greeks all built new ones in the mid 90's. Their cold war era vessels are getting a bit old.
And I should put a smaller Brit (Rover Class) down in the South Atlantic as well. The Fort George & Victoria and Orangeleaf are with the CVs, I’ve got Bayleaf in the gulf, Oakleaf in the Pacific and Brambleleaf in refit. Fort Rosalie in the Med, Fort Austin in the IO. I’ve spread the Rover’s out but will put one in the Falklands and one coming out of refit in Portsmouth
AO/AOR's were a real weakness for the USN at the time. With only 4 Sacramento, 7 Wichita and 5 Jumbo-Cimarron the USN was hard pressed to keep 8 CVBG's going. That’s why the Kaiser class was rushed into service historically. For the NF campaign USS Supply was rushed into service and the las to Kaiser’s were completed.
NF has 4 CVBGs fighting in the North Atlantic, 4 Fighting in the West Pacific, 1 in the Med, 1 in the IO/PGulf and the Kennedy makes 11 (Forrestal & Ranger are parked, America is in DDock). Having 6 CVNs out there eases the load but the rest of the fleet is at sea and burning fuel.
The locations at War Start were:
2nd Fleet (Lant) has: 2x Wichita, 1x Sacramento, 1x Supply, 2x Cimarron & 6x Kaiser: Total 8 to support 4 CVBGs (including the Kennedy in the Gulf, now 10 to support 4 CVBGs in the north and Kennedy)
3rd Fleet (EPac) has: 2x Wichita, 4x Kaiser: Total 6 to support 2 CVBGs (4 moved to 7th Fleet with 2 CVBGs, 2 needed to cover distance)
4th Fleet (SAmr) has: 1x Kaiser (on West coast heading to 7th Fleet)
5th Fleet (IO/Gulf) has: 1x Wichita, 1x Sacramento, 1x Cimarron & 1x Kaiser Total 4 to support 2 CVBGs (2 stayed with Sara, 2 went to the WPac with Lincoln)
6th Fleet (Med) has: 1x Wichita, 1x Sacramento, 1x Cimarron & 1x Kaiser Total 4 to support 2 CVBGs (America was in the Med until end Jan then DDock, 2 followed Eisenhower into the Atlantic, 2 remained for Nimitz)
7th Fleet (WPac) has: 1x Sacramento, 1x Cimarron & 4x Kaiser Total 6 to support 2 CVBGs (Now 10 to support 4 CVBGs)
Refit & Drydock: 1x Wichita, 1x Kaiser