SWS Fleet Placer

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SWS Fleet Placer

SWS Fleet Placer is a tool for placing and controlling formations of ships in your sim. In also provides extra features like warp-to-deck and flight save/load.

Placing a Formation

To Place a formation, select SWS Fleets, which can be found in the Add-Ons dropdown menu while your sim is running. SWS Fleets may also be selected at any time through the key combination Ctrl-Shift-S

Formation Placement Menu

If no formation is currently loaded, the menu will display as shown.

  • 1) Select formation Select a formation of ships to place from your available formations.
  • 2) Bearing Select a desired true bearing from your aircraft to place the ships on. This bearing also serves as their initial course.
  • 3) Distance Select the distance from you at which the ships will be placed. Ships may be placed up to 5000 nautical miles away.
  • 4) Speed Select the initial speed which the formation will make. Note that not all ships have the same max speed, and choosing a higher speed than the slowest vessel will cause the formation to string out, especially during course changes.
  • 5) Place Formation Places the formation with the parameters selected above.
  • 6) Place and Warp Places the formation and warps the aircraft to the selected parking space, if parking spaces are available on a vessel in the formation.

Controlling Your Formation

Underway Menu

After you have loaded a formation, the menu will be configured as shown.


  • 1) Position will display information to help you find the fleet. This information can be displayed at any time through the key-combination Ctrl-Shift-P.
    STEER/TTI is the magnetic heading to fly to intercept the fleet at your current true airspeed, and the time to interception. It accounts for ship movement and wind.
    BRG/DIST is the current magnetic bearing to the fleet and distance in nautical miles.
    CUS/SPD is the formation's currently commanded base course and speed.
  • 2) Corpen is one of two ways for the formation to change course. A "Corpen" command produces a very slow turn, but the ships in formation retain their relative stations (that is, the formation will still look the same after the turn).
  • 3) Turn is one of two ways for the formation to change course. A "Turn" command produces a high turn rate, but the ships all turn at once, so their relative positions in the formation will change (that is, the formation will look different after the turn).
  • 4) Speed changes the base speed of the formation. If "Automatic" is selected, the ships will cruise at 17kts (slower in heavy weather), unless Carrier Recovery Corpen is selected, in which case appropriate speed will be made to put 25-30kts of wind over the deck.
  • 5) Carrier Recovery Corpen uses the carrier's speed and current wind conditions to steer the carrier so that the relative wind is down the angled deck. This reduces necessary crab and makes landing easier. If you select Execute Corpen XXX and Follow Wind, the carrier will adjust course periodically to account for changes in wind conditions and formation speed. The fleet utility is interlocked with CEX, so course changes will not occur while you are on final approach to a CEX carrier.
  • 6) Warp to Deck magically places your aircraft on the deck of one of your ships, if that ship has a parking spot available.
  • 7) Save Parking Space is only available if your aircraft is on the deck of a properly configured ship. It will save your current location and heading on the deck as a parking spot which you can then warp to any time using the Warp to Deck command
  • 8) Remove Formation Removes your formation from the sim, so you can load another!

Warp-To-Deck

The Ship Placer provides the ability to instantly place your aircraft on the deck of a ship. It does this through a system of "Parking Spots". SWS ships come pre-equipped with parking spots, and additional spots may be saved at any time. To enable warp-to-deck on additional ships, see Configuring Ships for SWS Fleets.

"Warp to Deck" and "Place and Warp"

These menu options work in the following manner:

  • You will be prompted to choose between parking-equipped ships. If there is only one such ship in your formation, this menu will be skipped.
  • You will be prompted to choose a parking space on the selected ship. If there is only one parking space, this menu will be skipped, and you will find yourself directly on deck.
  • The parking break engages automatically. It is recommended you be at idle power when you warp, so that the aircraft does not simply taxi off the deck when it arrives.

Saving Parking Spaces

To save a parking space:

  1. Manually position your aircraft at the desired spot on deck, by taxiing, CEX deck tractor, or slew mode. Any hard deck will work, including flight and hangar decks.
  2. Open the SWS Fleets menu and select Save Parking Spot
  3. You will be prompted to provide a name for the new spot
  4. After typing in a name and complying, your spot is now saved, and may be warped to at any time.

Configuring Your Ships for SWS Fleets

SWS Fleets will load and operate any combination of ships from any developers, with no additional steps. However, to enable certain features, it will be necessary to provide a ship configuration file. Currently, the configuration file provides the following features:

  • Warp-To-Deck - set the hardDeck parameter true.
  • Max Speed - set the maxSpeed parameter in knots.

Ship configuration files should be placed in the %APPDATA%\CarrierExtensions\Ships folder, and may have any title, followed by .cfg. The details of what is required to be in the file are found here.

Once you have created the configuration file and set the hardDeck parameter to 1 or true, you may proceed to save parking spots.

Adding and Modifying Formations

Formations for SWS Fleets are stored in the %APPDATA%\CarrierExtensions\SurfaceFormations folder, which may be opened through Windows Explorer, or through a button in the CEX app. Any number of formation configuration files may be placed there, in any number of subfolders, and the format of the configuration files is identical to that used by AICarriers. This means that if you currently use AICarriers, you may simply drag and drop any AICarriers formations folder(s) into the SWS Fleets SurfaceFormations folder, and be done with it. If you wish to modify or compose your own formations, the format of the file can be found here.

Saving Flights

If you save your flight through the normal simulator interface while an SWS Fleets formation is loaded, the formation data will also be saved. When you load the saved flight, the formation will automatically be placed at its saved position, course, and speed. If your aircraft was on the deck of a ship when the flight was saved, you will automatically be warped to this point on the deck. Note: Because the formation data is saved separately from the simulator's saved flight, it is not transferable between users. So if you send your buddy a saved flight, the formation will not automatically load on his/her computer when the flight is loaded.

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