So, while i like the game, the documentation seems a little sparse.
I am playing as Britain, i think i am in beginning of '15 and for the first time i have a required AV mission. The days are super short anyway, the fleet needs maintenance and training anyway, so this works out for me. I am playing 'Rear Admiral' i believe, the middle one.
So, i activate 3 CL's in Harwich, 2 DD flottillas and 2 AV's. In that order. I leave the AV's independent, following the cruiser division. The AV's immediately start turning port and starboard from my course and thus fall behind. When they lost my CL's they turned around and sailed straight for Harwich. I turned around and herded them up, noticed they were only going 12kts so i limited my main force to 12 kts. The AV's almost immediately started turning port and starboard again, and as soon as they lost me, turned straight for Harwich. I tried making the AV's the lead division, game wouldn't let me. I switched the AV's to screen the CL's, did not help. So i exited the game in frustration.
Yesterday i load the save again, activate AV's first, leave the AV's controlled by me, as soon as the scenario starts i lose control because the lead division is still the cruisers. Exit again.
So, how do i use AV's ? Do I have to send them alone? Help would be appreciated, thanks.
You should keep the AV:s with your force on something else than independent. If you put them on independent they will hang back to a point between the flagship and a friendly base. If you put them on core they should tag along with the rest of the force. Screen is probably no good, they might think that they are a light cruiser or something.
Then move to within 20,000 yards of the objective and the AV:s will then start moving to the objective when you are near enough. Note that it should be day (or probably preferably dawn) when you near the objective, and it should be reasonably calm weather, otherwise the aircraft cannot fly and the objective will not fire.
Post by julianbarker on Dec 2, 2014 15:52:35 GMT -5
Interestingly, Engadine at Jutland was positioned well ahead of all other ships in the fleet as seaplanes could only be launched from smooth water and the wakes of dozens of ships would make it impossible to operate aircraft. She therefore operated several minutes sailing in advance of the fleet.