Seaplane fighters that can take-off and land from the water that covers over 70% of the earth's surface cannot be denied flight by cratering a runway--an excellent point brought out by this video of a newsreel from the can-do WW2 generation. However, with the Axis threat gone, the comfortable aircraft carrier racketeers began to take-over world navies and cancelled seaplane fighters, bombers and transports which pose a direct threat to their "Love Boat" clubs where the only time they have to get wet is if the foreign port-of-call girl at the bar throws a beer at them.
What's lost in all this girl-in-every-port hedonistic lifestyle paid by American tax dollars is NAVAL WARFARE EXCELLENCE; that demands that aircraft air cover be DISPERSED onto many ships (Aegis destroyers, Ticonderoga cruisers, Iowa battleships) catapult-launching seaplane fighters that can be recovered from the water--not all the flying "eggs" in one huge target supercarrier "basket".
The U.S. Navy had at one time the world's BEST institutional seaplane operations knowledge and equipment because it had a WAR TO WIN--German u-boats FDR ordered them to defeat and Japanese cargo ships to sink, downed airmen and sunkship sailors to rescue, commandos to insert/extract, to include how to land small seaplanes in rough seas. Bet you didn't know that, did you? The aircraft carrier racketeers don't want you to know this; they want you to think the only way to get aircraft at sea is by their bloated missile-magnet supercarriers packed with 5, 000 ready-made "volunteer" victims.
Recently, an Iranian unmanned plane flew over an American supercarrier and we didn't even have a single plane in the sky to stop it because the Top Gun egomaniacs only want to fly sexy F-18 lawn darts and these cannot be flown continuously overhead. The result is an American surface Navy without ANY air cover to prevent enemy precision guided munition targeting, asking to be sunk which is what the Leo Strauss-style Marxist Neo-Cons want--another "Pearl Harbor" to con Americans into war with more "ragheads" so they can take more oil that doesn't belong to them. There was at least one marine who wasn't a self-worshipping idiot, Major General Smedley Butler who said "war is a racket". He is so right.