I seem to remember this topic coming up in the past, but I couldn't find it in a basic search.
Anyhow. You start a battle in Box formation.
You get into a skirmish.
You click a button and the ships return to the Box Formation. Not automatically, but based on their speed and turning ratios and acceleration rates and they can run into each other and so forth, but they move back together and more or less return to their initial Box formation.
If a ship has been destroyed, the spot is empty, they don't reform perfectly, they just move back to their initial spot.
The overall battle timer is still going on. Enemy vessels are still doing whatever they are doing.
Anyhow, something to consider.
Thanks for reading this.