How Captaining a CV has made me a better Captain of non-CV ships, especially BBs, except at except at CVs
First, this is my first post, maybe another back in CBT. Second, I'm an intermittent player at best. I play for a few days or weeks then I usually get hauled into another game by my gaming friends whom don't seem to like Warships as much as I do. When I did/do play, I loved CV in early tiers (I'm currently in a Ranger and a Shokaku). Notice "loved" is past-tense. I still enjoy it, but it's not the 'love' I had for it anymore. For problems I see in the current CV mechanics, and my own skill or lack there of I'm not feeling it as I use too. The AA creep wither bad or good, obviously forces certain play style or tactics, however you want to say it and in the end you hover and look for DDs and that lone ship.
In the past, when captaining other ships, I use to be that one lone ship. Wither spawning on the far side and heading down that line or just deciding to watch a empty flank that way I'd go. Oddly, in randoms, the outcome usually as bad as you think, you could get by with. At lower tiers, CVs are usually dedicated in sniping each other and will pass by even a lonely BB with bad AA and a lot of the early DDs had to come into sight view to launch their torps. The CVs may dodge lonely CL/CA but and only target a DD if they think it will break the picket, but mostly intent on the other CV. Then if they get the CV, they go after the easier to hit targets like BB, then targets of opportunity. I've done, I've seen it, I understand it.
but in Higher Tiers, with AA like it is, sniping is not an option, I'm okay with that. What ever... but you loiter and look and if can try to help eliminate the DDs on the map because at these tiers, they can stealth torp (granted, some better than others) and it helps to get them out quick, plus you can usually drop and return safely. Especially on first strikes. Then once again, you wait and wait, looking for that lone target of opportunity. Looking for a target that won't chew through your planes. Yes, I grant you I need to work on this. I'm not a great CV captain. I readily admit this, but even if it's a BB with one escort, you got better odds of keeping your planes safe than hitting a larger group with all that AA. I don't mind the micro-manage, that's why I still play CVs, some. This isn't a rant against AA, I'm holding out for the patches and see if CVs get love.
Now, after knowing what CVs are looking for, no matter what I'm in, especially my BBs, which I'm loving the German line. Go Go Bismark and 10k secondaries. I avoid, being that lone ship, especially if CV are in the match, or even letting myself follow a loan CA down a lane. I look to see where the largest fleet is actually heading, Because the "A,B and or C" combinations called out in chat is sadly hilarious when majority just does what they want, and try to worm may way into the middle.
So, playing CVs taught me a lesson. That lesson is: don't be the easy target. Not just to CVs but simply put, across the board. Don't be an easy target. Play all the ship types, learn what they are looking for, and what they want to avoid. Course, I still suck! lol