From: Winnipeg, MB
Actually I was considering replacing the squadrons with zero airframes due to losses with ones that are only carrier capable, but with the comments I am guessing it is better to just wait on replacement airframes.
Saratoga is going to take quite a while to repair 23 major float damage. If your intention is to make use of the interval to get a squadron that is carrier capable qualified to carrier trained status, you could try that - but I am not sure if the qualification can progress while the CV is in the dockyard. My guess is that it can, simply because there was no time to program anything other than presence on the carrier to make the qualification.
Nothing prohibits you from beginning this qualification period and then, if the CV is out of repair sooner than 90 days, landing the carrier-almost-trained squadron and reembarking the original squadron. The progress of the carrier-capable squadron toward trained status is not lost by interrupting their stay on the carrier. Depending on the CVs plane capacity, you may be able to keep both the squadron under training and the original squadron on the carrier throughout the repair and beyond.
I am not clear if landing the planeless squadron at a major base will enable it to gain replacement aircraft and pilots at a faster rate than if it remains on the carrier. I believe that skills (Air, NavB, NavT, etc.) training can proceed faster at a large airfield than on a stationary carrier disbanded in port.
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