From: Northwestern Georgia, USA
3/14/44 and 3/15/44
Port Headland: A complex sequence of moves opens with the Allied invasion of Port Headland. While taking this base is important (eventually), the purpose is to see if Dave reacts and commits capital ships this way. D-Day went smoothly on the 14th. Nearly all Allied shipping then withdrew to the Exmouth vicinity on the 15th, to see if hornets poured out of the nest. They didn't at least this day. And already events elsewhere should have Dave's full attention, and should acts as a vortex, drawing most of his major assets posted in this theater and nearby regions. Once those events fully ripen in about two or three days, and assuming there's been no reaction at Port Headland, the transports will return to drop off the balance of 18th UK Div. and more supply. P.S. The enemy garrison here is just a regiment, and it's AV looks brittle, based on early bombardments and counter-bombardments.
Gulf of Carpentaria: A massive gathering of carriers, combat ships, support ships, and merchantmen at and near Horn Island. This armada will move generally west, into the Gulf of Carpentaria, nearing Merauke tomorrow. Major invasion forces are included for Darwin and modest forces for vacant places like Dobo and Saumlaki (Dave leaves lots of holes, me thinks), but the primary objective is to engage KB. Consequently, only modest troop transports will accompany DS, feinting towards Darwin. Then DS will move suddenly towards the Saumlaki vicinity, hoping to catch Dave's carriers out of position.
Death Star: This is a powerful carrier force, although a few of the fleet carriers are only carrying fighters for added defense. At the moment, about 680 fighters are set to CAP and about 340 are set for Escort. I'll fiddle with that as the situation ripens. KB, when last seen a week ago, had about 950 aircraft. It might've been reinforced or Dave may have other tricks up his sleeve. But I like the set up and feel sure that he'll not expect DS to suddenly change to offense that deep in his territory.
Elsewhere: Another invasion force, covered by CVEs, is deep at sea far away, but I don't feel comfortable about its mission. It's still moving forward, but I just don't know. Re-evaluation is ongoing.