From: Washington D.C.
Naval combat logistics are a huge topic of discussion. The short answer is; it depends.
There are station ships and shuttle ships. The station ships stay with the CSG and the shuttle ships travel back and forth between various ports bringing dry goods, fuel and ammunition. T-AOEs are intended to be primarily station ships. T-AKEs and T-AOs are intended to be primarily shuttle ships, but they could also be used as station ships in combination with a T-AO since there aren't many T-AOEs right now. T-AKEs carry the bombs, machine parts, mail, and all the other stuff that makes the fleet go. T-AOs carry the gas for the jets and ships.
Usually what happens is that the logistics ships in the theatre are pre-positioned so they don't really slow anything down. They just have to arrange to meet up at some pre-planned point. T-AOEs are intended to keep up with the fleet. The thing slowing the carriers down, isn't the logistics ships, it's the CRUDES escorting it, because even though they can go fast, they burn a lot of gas doing it, so they need to be replenished a lot when they're going fast a lot. By including the station ships with the CSG you're actually speeding them up since they can UNREP en-route to their operating area and not have to rendezvous with the shuttle ships which might not be someplace convenient.
Would the US likely keep an AOR with a CBG at all times? For example if the CBG could be completely replenished and the CBG was sailing to an expected battle with an enemy that had the ability to potentially sink ships in the CBG, would the AOR likely stay behind for safety and to avoid slowing down the CBG?
< Message edited by SeaQueen -- 10/21/2020 10:14:00 PM >