I usually deploy an aircraft carrier loaded with 8 stealth bombers. When loaded, this aircraft carrier is very expensive, so I need to find an effective way of protecting it.
The documentation says:
TIP: Guard Carriers with a handful of fast-moving ships and a battleship, as losing a fully-equipped Carrier is VERY painful and expensive.
I usually deploy a loaded aircraft carrier with 4 accompanying battleships, one of which is always on the same tile as the carrier to protect it from direct attack. This gives good defense against enemy ship attacks because:
- The accompanying battleships can get rid of enemy units before they even attack, and
- The loaded stealth bombers can get rid of enemy units before they even attack.
Unfortunately, the aircraft carrier is still vulnerable to these enemy attacks:
- Submarine attacks - I cannot see the submarines in advance, so I have no way to get rid of them before the attack. The enemy could deploy 2 submarines in a suicide mission to get rid of 1 aircraft carrier + 1 battleship + 8 stealth bomber.
- Missile attacks - The enemy could successfully strike the battleship + aircraft carrier using one or two missiles.
How would you recommend better defending aircraft carriers from stealth submarine and air attacks? Other than battleships, what other accompanying units should I consider?