From: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
ORIGINAL: Ian R
CVs should be covered in their Tf by a bunch of fast BB/BC, cruisers, and plenty of DD. At least 15 vessels. The emphasis should be on AAA and ASW. See next.
If you are sending a CV TF where there might be enemy SAGs, send your own SAG following your carriers at zero follow, give them a highly aggressive commander and a 1 hex reaction.
This is where you put the Porter/Tribal types DDs and some gnarly cruisers. You might lose some, but they will send the oppo SAG Winchester.
It is important to have your SCTF with a lower number than the ACTF. The lower numbered TF gets first chance to detect and engage the enemy.
Or to have lower TF numbers for your ACTFs so they can NEVER be outmaneuvered by a SCTF!
Some how, don't ask me how, I managed to get my main leader of the Death Star pack ACTF assigned TF #1 in my current game.