From: St. Louis
Can you even fly squadrons off an overloaded CVE? Anyways, you might use them to get those extra squadrons to a land base closer to the front. If you need more carrier trained squadrons, use them for that. No need to use them exclusively to train pilots, you can do that from land bases, and of course I always use every carrier to train whoever's aboard when not in battle. Bullwinkle gave me an idea I hadn't thought of before though, keep a few CVEs a few hexes behind the action without any planes aboard, so if you lose one of your CVs or it is inoperable, it's squadrons can divert to the CVEs. On the subject of training pilots on float planes, I always switch out the Seagulls on the cruisers and BBs with Kingfishers ASAP. The Seagulls are just fine for training Navy pilots. Also, if it seems appropriate under whatever circumstances you're in, send the Brit carriers to Oz to help train USN squadrons. Then if you want to go into battle with them, they're much better off with USN and USMC squadrons operating off of them than those crappy Brit planes.