If the Soviet naval bombers could find the CVs and they could overwhelm their defenses (pre-AEGIS, low Tomcat count, A model Phoenix) then their navy would have a MUCH easier time controlling the gap.
Yeah, but I guess I don't give the Soviet anti-maritime aviation that much credit. We know the Phoenix and Sparrows would not have worked as well as advertised, but then I doubt the Kitchens would have either. I know RSR is at the beginning of the Aegis era, but even so, Clancy has to invent a tactic (Kelts as decoy drones) and have the USN completely fall for it to get enough Kitchen's inside the screen to do damage. Real life, I think the Soviets lose several Backfires and Badgers for no appreciable gain.
Still plan to have alot of fun with SF:NA, though, whether it is "realistic" or not!