From: PDX (and now) London, UK
The Perth and the Australia were sailing with the US CA Louisville and US DDs. This apparently is a mortal sin.
I also hope everyone appreciates the irony of a guy who makes the theme of his AAR Kelly's Heroes kvetching about logistics.
IRL, wasn't CL Perth sailing as part of a US TF when it was sunk? Ditto for CA Canberra! Maybe that's the real reason why it is a no-no in his game - sailing with the USN is bad joss!
Yes, Perth was with Houston for their final dance in the Sunda Strait.
After Coral Sea, the RAN cruisers and modern destroyers were regularly embedded in 7th Fleet task forces.
Here is an example of TF44:
At the start of May, the Americans learned of an imminent Japanese invasion of Port Moresby, and Hobart was sent with HMAS Australia to rendezvous with United States forces in the Coral Sea. At 07:00 on 7 May, Rear Admiral Crace, embarked aboard Australia as commander of Task Force 44, was ordered to take his ships (Australia, Hobart, US cruiser Chicago, and US destroyers Perkins, Walke, and Farragut) to the Jomard Passage, and engage any Japanese ships found en route to Port Moresby, while several US carrier groups engaged a Japanese force headed for the Solomon Islands.
So, to clarify, Cheesesteak is excoriating me for having a TF with essentially the same composition as historical TF 44.
First of all you guys need to work out some Allied doctrine and stop playing Helfrich vs Wavell vs Hart in the ABDA.
Secondly, judging by your sunk ship list it's probably best to back off until you have a clear idea of what's coming before committing any more of your CA/CL regardless of nationality or TF composition.
A good rule is matching gun caliber and range. Sister ships are perfect of course to sail together, but even ships of different nationality and type can work well if they're matched for modernity, speed, gun range, torpedo range and especially if you're adding one due to something special like surface radar or AA package.
At night you might consider smaller TFs, so actually a greater high/low mix of cruisers/DD. I often use 3-4 CA/CL with 4 DD for night engagements as eight total has been shown to be more efficient (about this many actually engage effectively at night but rarely more) and then you can have more total TFs as well to wear down the opponents.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill