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Where is the best place to sail when escorting a ship.  WG has has become harsher about colliding w/ your allies however its still useful for cruisers to help protect BB & CVs from enemy aircraft/ DD.  I seldom division w/ other ships but just pick out an allied BB or CV that's pretty much by themselves and has weak AA thus communication is very limited to non-existent. 

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Oh, I'd suggest escorting the CVS about 10 km in front of them, preferably close to the caps. 

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6 minutes ago, Ducky_shot said:

Oh, I'd suggest escorting the CVS about 10 km in front of them, preferably close to the caps. 

Yep. CVs are pretty good at locating anything that has them spotted, and after tier 5, they have enough get up and go to make destroyers have to get real close to successfully torp them, which should leave plenty of time to get in range and lend the CV a hand.

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1 hour ago, Ducky_shot said:

Oh, I'd suggest escorting the CVS about 10 km in front of them, preferably close to the caps. 

Yeah, about 10 km is a good distance, depending on the map and situation.  it's close enough that if you see an incoming strike that's off to either side, you probably have time to reposition to get the planes in your AA range, while at the same time being in a position where you should be able to support the rest of your team.

 

1 hour ago, Kapitan_Wuff said:

Yea, don't sit back and guard CVs, that is a total waste.

It's not a "total" waste, but I generally do agree that it's usually not a good use of your ship. 

The last time I came even close to escorting my team's CV was in a tier 10 battle on North in my Kidd.  There wasn't much of anything I could do in that battle due to the combination of a lot or radar and tier 10 DDs, though I did try to be supportive.  But later on in the battle, it was clear that the enemy CV was trying to make repeated attempts to take out our CV, so I ended up positioning myself to intercept CV strikes and get in relative close to our CV to give him some serious protection.  It's been a long time since I got that close to be seen as 'escorting' a friendly CV, but it made a big difference in that battle, because I was able to shoot down a lot of planes and keep our CV alive in a close battle that we ended up winning.

 

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1 hour ago, mark_in_missouri said:

Where is the best place to sail when escorting a ship.  WG has has become harsher about colliding w/ your allies however its still useful for cruisers to help protect BB & CVs from enemy aircraft/ DD.  I seldom division w/ other ships but just pick out an allied BB or CV that's pretty much by themselves and has weak AA thus communication is very limited to non-existent. 

Carrier escorting has already been covered.  As far as covering friendly BBs which are doing something other than sniping from behind spawn, you really only have to be as close as your AA range, preferably between that BB & the expected approach of enemy aircraft.  In most cases the biggest benefit you're giving to them is scattering bombs/torpedoes via your defensive fire consumable, anyway.

That said, I rarely find it worthwhile to "protect" a random player when sailing solo.  Whether it's sharing my AA bubble or dropping smoke when I'm in a DD, more often than not the other player will have no idea how to benefit from my efforts and all I end up doing is wasting consumables & lowering my own damage output.

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CVs almost never need an escort. One ship escorting a CV is one less ship at the front fighting. If you do want to escort a CV, be close to battle but also in the general direction of the CV. It is up the the CV to decide on whether they want to be a island and die or to take the imitative scout, move, cap, and fight back. The reason for this is because once a CV is spotted, it is already dead.

I prefer to take the fight to them because I cannot run, if I run I am dead because I will have to turn broadside to runaway. I push forward towards the enemy to limit their chance of hitting me. When I get close, I will either attempt to pass them ( if they have no torps) and/or get my secondaries to hit while having my whatever bombers I got attack them. I don't ram because I don't got the maneuverability and speed to (run pass BBs, can't run from CA/CLs and DDs).  Miracles can happen because I have had many very close calls.

  • Ryujo
    • Myoko launched to salvo's of torpedoes at me, both salvos came within inches between the ship on both sides
    • Scared a hidden Atlanta into backing into a island
    • Shot probably up to 94 out of 124  shells into a Colorado (1000 damage...)
    • Sunk 24 total confirmed ships with my secondaries
    • Killed many low hp DDs
    • Capped, killed, and won battles from:
      • 2 allies vs 4  enemy ships
      • 3 enemy caps
      • Enemy had 989/1000 points
  • Lexington
    • Defended myself from a Shimakaze after she fired all three torpedo salvos at close range and missed
    • I don't have much to say about Lex because she does not have the concealment and maneuverability as Ryujo

Am I gloating? Yes. Why? Because I am proud of how I play differently from others. Sorry for gloating.

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If someone is going to shadow me, I really want them.  behind me. Not beside me, not infront on me, but behind me. A BB isn't going to stop, so you shouldn't run into it, I don't want you stopping infront of me, and I don't want my secondaries turning off because you are hugging my side. 

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I assume you're coming at this from the angle of a cruiser player, but this is applicable to other BB as well.  As a BB, I'd prefer you not sail really close to me because it prevents me from maneuvering.  I've eaten plenty of damage because of people sailing close enough to me to force me to stay broadside to ships shooting at us, or I end up having to ram them and put us both off course to get out of a bad situation, potentially causing them to eat damage in the process.

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@mark_in_missouri Escorting is not needed so much in there 20 minute battles but every player putting their ship in harms way is. A better move would be for the team to group up as best they can and make a concentrated effort towards the opponents or the cap points one at a time. Scattering like roaches and getting picked off one at a time is rarely a winning move.

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6 minutes ago, CAPTMUDDXX said:

@mark_in_missouri Escorting is not needed so much in there 20 minute battles but every player putting their ship in harms way is. A better move would be for the team to group up as best they can and make a concentrated effort towards the opponents or the cap points one at a time. Scattering like roaches and getting picked off one at a time is rarely a winning move.

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