Thanks for that Ian - where does the 25 knots come from? I know she had less SHP than Wasp but she also displaced less. And the pitching comment is interesting. If it was a problem for her what about the poor CVEs? But I guess the fact that the USN borrowed one of the RN's CVs (was it Formidable?), going through the pain of 'Americanizing her, with her very small airgroup, instead of using Ranger sort of says it all.
There were some proceedings in or about 1939 - at the time the designs for the various Vinson Acts that became the mass produced Essex/Baltimore/Cleveland were being developed and standardized - the skipper of the Ranger actually gave sworn testimony, as I understand it. Not sure if it was a Senate appropriations hearing, but could be.
The "USS Robin" was the HMS Victorious, taken in hand, and it is fair to say improved in operational capability with heavier arrester gear and the like, by the USN and spent 6 months in the Solomon's to fill the gap (in about May- November 1943).
The USN (& accordingly, RN) CVEs were built on something approximating a tanker hull, which apparently is quite a stable platform.
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