Just curious, has anyone attacked subs in port?
I'm assuming the most effective counters for subs are CVs with Convoy Escort tech and Strat Bombers with Detection & Electronic. From the above readings, out in open sea they are difficult to hit until 1941-42. Just wondering if anyone in their games in 1939 used CVs or surface fleets or strat bombers to attack subs while they are in port?
I'm sure, your fleets will take hits but it may do some damage also. (CV,BB,CA,CA,DD - to spread out damage) Just wondering if anyone has tried that strategy?
The reason I ask is in a recent game against the AI, I turned in the UK tactical bombers in the first turn to purchase a strat bomber whose job was to harass the AI subs. When it arrived in Feb, I thought it was well worth it. CVs were using Convoy Escort tech. I noticed once a sub takes a hit, it seems to be easier to find afterwards.
In a HvH game, it would force the Axis to move some of their air to cover their ports. If you score enough hits, the Axis may have to rebase their subs further away.
Just a thought.
I have tested but not enough to be sure of the results. If the subs or for that matter ships are in Raider mode they are hard to get hits on. I don't remember if I got any hits on subs but I didn't make enough attempts to say what the odds are.
Bombers with Naval Air advance are deadly against ships in Fleet mode. They still have problems against Surface Raiders but they do get hits. I haven't tried Strategic Bombers with Detection advancement. I assume they would do better but I don't know if its significant. Since I don't know which parameters displayed reflect ability to "find" subs I can't judge this. But I suspect against the AI they would be hell on wheels since the AI does little to avoid air. Against a player you would need to build so many Strategic Bombers to cover the shipping lanes that you would lose the land war long before they did any damage to the Axis.
Once the Germans take France there are some ports out of range of UK air except maybe Strategic Bombers so they have no problem with home porting their subs and fleets on the Atlantic side. Also, they can use those ports for traps buy putting ships in them in Raider mode along with lots of AA guns and nearby fighters.
But most of this I haven't had time to repeatedly test to be sure of how odds are changing.
Maybe Alvaro will tell us how the odds for spotting are determined and what parameters affect it.