I so badly want to be able to issue the keep moving and formation command at the same time. I want to be able to have ships in formation, but as soon as the formation “breaks” I want those ships to keep moving.
The only good way I’ve found to keep fast ships in the back, and not run off and die too early is to put them in formation with slower ships in the front. When those ships in the front die, the fast ships move up to engage. Well now this fast ships run up… and stop right in front of the enemy, totally defeating the purpose of fast ships that are hard to hit!
There could even be another command instead of formation. It could be called “keep ranks” or something, where ships only stay in formation until they reach a certain range of another enemy ship. This would give your fleet much better control of when certain ships move off to engage.