From: The Land Downunder
Optimum is to have more and better ships than the bad guys!
But yep, my plan looks like yours. I form divisions by class and task forces from a few divisions.
I’ve come up with an “admin” Fleet organisation but that then needs to matrix with Area Fleet organisation which itself depends on the missions required and enemy threat picture in each geographic location. Task forces are then raised / disbanded locally from the divisions being moved around by Combined Fleet HQ.
My IJN admin org has the following:
Battle Force: generally slow BB, CA primary role initially, CL with DD classes that have better torpedoes for escort
Mobile Force: generally CV, CVL, BB Kongo/Yamato, CS, CA secondary role when not needed in Battle Force, DD classes that have better AA capability for escort
SNLF: generally slow and single class CL, LSD, CVE, all Yusens, all xAP, older DD classes for escort, APD
Submarine Force: AS plus SS
Strategic Logistics Fleet:
- Escort Force: PB initially with E and “escort” DD replacing some as they arrive
- Merchant Force: all large and medium TK, a few small TK for low capacity routes, the xAK needed for hauling Resources being Lima, Aden and about half the Akasi only
Area Fleets / Naval Districts
ASW Force: generally AV to support FP airgroups, AG, SC, excess PB, E and DD not needed for convoys once they arrive
Support Force: AR, AD, AKE, AGP etc
Coastal Defence Force - everything else assigned to local defence missions like ACM, AMc
Reserve Force: a few xAK and xAKL classes not required and unable to convert to something useful are disbanded at home with crews given extended shore leave. Eg: Toho, Gozan, Kasu. I might use some in local resupply missions but I’d scrap most if I could and make something else out of the metal!
< Message edited by jdsrae -- 5/9/2019 1:55:00 AM >