From: California, United States
Okay so I've been playing it.
I like the setup, and it is nice to be able to properly use the CAG cruiser again. (You might want to update the DB used in your older scenarios Boston's Battle and Boston's Brawl; I don't know if you made Caribbean Clinch, 1956 though). I'm also curious to see what else you have in mind for this timeline, does Khrushchev have the confidence to implement Operation Anadyr and place MRBMs in Cuba? And If not, what could the Soviets do as an alternative?
As for the scenario itself, I dispatched all of my ships to the designated patrol zone, and they arrived without incident. I also forward deployed my two AEW aircraft and one S-2 Tracker to Cozumel airport. I'm honestly hesitant about using my combat aircraft to support my ships, given the big barrier that they have to move and even fight their way around.
The first interesting thing to happen was that I found the Soviet November SSN. I had the Sampson keep on top of her, while Boston and Kidd remained on their patrol station awaiting the Cuban merchant ships. I wasn't quite sure what to do with Plymouth Rock, so I kept her close to Aztec Station (my name for the looping patrol).
The Plymouth Rock is then attacked by a single Rebel F-51, which drops a salvo of 500lb Iron Bombs. All of them completely miss, though the F-51 receives no return fire. I then decide to move Plymouth Rock toward the Honduran Coast to try and say away from any combat.
Some time later, I spot another F-51 coming in low toward the Sampson. This time, I override the ROE and shoot it down with SAMs, not wanting to chance losing my best defense against that November.
The patrolling continues for some time, when the first Cuban cargo ship enters the patrol zone. USS Kidd is the nearest ship, so I have her intercept the cargo ship, while holding fire of course.
While the Kidd is aggressively tailing the cargo ship, I detect two aircraft headed toward Sampson from the direction of Cuba. They are flying low, at 1000ft, and are headed right for her. I try to override the ROE again to open fire with SAMs, but just as they are about to fire, the aircraft are positively identified as Cuban Il-28s and automatically re-labelled as Unfriendly, so the Sampson does not fire. This gives the lead Il-28 just enough time to drop her bombs, which obliterate the Sampson.
With no orders, I make the judgement call to open fire on the Cuban Cargo ships, sink all three of them with Boston and Kidd, but lose Kidd to another Il-28 attack.
That's basically where I stopped.
It seems to me that the ROE and Doctrine leave my ships effectively defenseless. Shouldn't the Cubans wait until I get orders to forcefully stop the Cargo Ships before attacking me?
Shouldn't I get updated instructions from headquarters when I am attacked with out any clear change in the situation?
Finally, I don't see a whole lot of incentive for using the combat aircraft out of Key West, since they have to go pretty far and fight to reach the Designated patrol zone. If I had more flexible ROE, I'm confident I could defend my ships with just the onboard ship weaponry.
Anyway, those are my thoughts.