I see. Well I would say you can spec ship upgrades and captain skills about the same for this ship as you would the Des Moines as their only real differences are in radar and damage repair stats. With that said, I currently have my Des Moines speced into survival skills. Not often do you see CVs after morning hours at tier X so specing into AA isnt as useful considering the HE dakka dakka meta we see with Haragumo, Kita, and Wooster. In the battles where there is a CV, odds are it wont be tier X and it will likely avoid you under the assumption you are running DFAA with buffed base AA anyway. Conversely, AP bombs make AA irrelevant which is just another pro for specing into full survival skills rather than specing into AA. Survival and damage control builds are likely to be most useful at this time for ships like Salem and Des Moines. Also, concealment expert is a must. Hope this helps. o7
Ohh...as far as your question about Last Stand, no. It is not worth it. For tier II captain skills you have options. You can elect to only run one then spec into three tier I captain skills such as PT, PM and expert loader. You can spec into two tier II skills such as AR with Expert Marksman or AR with one of the endurance skills. All are good options. I run AR and Jack of all Trades. Some dont like Jack of all Trades but getting that heal or radar off just a bit sooner can make or break a clan battle.