I have found that recon level of the hex is the most helpful factor in determining whether your fleet will find and engage an enemy fleet. There are many modifiers, weather, distance from controlled hexes, raider mode, fleet ID, night move, and more ... that determine the recon level of a fleet. Furthermore searches can also be effected by techs on your units. So many factors to consider. If for example, you click on coastal hexes from the UK, you get high recon. I believe the third to about 8 hex out of the UK you get medium recon, and the further you go out, the worse your recon level.
With that said, the bottom left hand of your screen will show the recon level of a hex, which I believe is the best indicator of your chances of spotting and engaging an enemy fleet. You have to find them first before you can engage the enemy.
For Naval Combat I'm assuming if recon is:
very low - really rare chance of finding and then engaging the enemy fleet.
low - rare chance of finding and engagement
medium - good chance of finding and engagement
high - very good chance of finding and engagement
very high - excellent chance of finding and engagement
I'm presently trying to figure out what the percentages of each are.
Fleet Interception is any fleet on patrol in fleet mode:
Totally different beast.
-they intercept fleets who finish their movement withing a 5 hex radius. Subs are an exception to this rule in that they cannot be intercepted but they can intercept other fleets if they are in fleet mode.
I concur with Kennonlightfoot, their odds are extremely successful because they are designed with the consideration of being near a coast and protecting a select set of objectives in a linear line supported by aircraft. Hence by design, they can intercept easily. However, this still holds true if you are in the middle of the Atlantic, so be aware.
Furthermore, the closer you stop your fleet near an enemy fleet on patrol, the greater the chances of that interception occuring.
Great movie, Catch 22.
Food for thought in WP, any recon at very low should only show a fleet counter and not a sub counter.
< Message edited by ago1000 -- 9/10/2020 7:10:31 PM >