ORIGINAL: Flanker Leader
i found another 'version' of that same power point presentation with extra detail notes written underneath - my fav is under the pic of the langley - WHERE'S THE FLIGHT DECK?
also there's a mention that carriers were converted only because there was a tonnage limit on BB's and they wanted some way to up naval tonnage - if there was never a treaty in WPO should there even be any carriers included if everybody was convinced BB's were the way to go and carriers were just built because the was a limit on BB tonnage?
Yes, there should be. When delegates convened in Washington:
IJN was already finishing Hosho, planning 2 more carriers (one with TB, one with recon planes) to be finished by 1924 and a whole new class (Shokaku) to be initiated in 1922-1923.
USN was almost finished retooling Langley.
RN had - on top of a bunch of seaplane carriers - Ark Royal (the first one, finished in 1914), Argus, Furious, Vindictive, Eagle, Hermes. On February 8, 1917 War Cabinet ordered 4 more carriers! They were cancelled soon thereafter, though.
So carriers would still exist... :)