From: Millersburg, OH
From the manual section 6.2.5 - “Unless set to follow another Task Force, Carrier TFs will react to enemy carrier forces and try and avoid enemy surface combat forces. Carrier TFs set to follow another TF are assumed to be providing air cover to that TF”
Can anyone provide some insight on the criteria that causes a carrier TF to react ? This has happened in both of my PBEM games, and caused me some serious losses in both instances. I need to learn how to either control it, or be more aware of what can be done to minimize the effect.
During a turn I ran yesterday, I had a TF that contained about 6 CVE’s react to an enemy carrier TF – and run headlong into a large Japanese SCTF that contained several BB’s. Aside from losing 5 of the CVE’s, the frustrating part was that the Japanese SCTF should have been avoided because that Japanese SCTF had already engaged in a surface combat with another Allied TF and its location was known.
To add to my frustration, a second carrier TF also reacted to the enemy carriers and it also ran into the same Japanese SCTF. My CV engaged in a duel with BB Fuso, while my BB Iowa stood by and fired one salvo…. Good thing that the Japanese SCTF had already been in two combats and was short on ammo. CV Chickamauga survived thankfully, and will make port.
In my other game, CV Saratoga reacted to enemy carriers, alerted those carriers to her presence ( she had been undetected previously) and got pummeled in the exchange of air strikes. Her reaction indirectly led to CV’s Enterprise and Yorktown also being detected and consequently sank. So one reaction ruined a carefully orchestrated ambush, and ultimately cost me 3 CV’s in March of 42….