So, I’ve started to notice (yes, it’s a bit late) that the Formation order is not exactly working out to my benefit.
To my understanding, the Formation order tells a ship to maintain its position in relation to another ship as best as possible - so I put the PD ship in front of the mainline. Yet, boot up a battle and that PD ship promptly begins to creep behind that mainline, giving it a nice face-full of missiles for its troubles.
Is there something I’m not getting here? And yes, I am ensuring that their speeds are adequate.