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I watched one of these super carriers in a NATO exercise launching and recovering in the Clyde off Arran as a kid. It went on all day and night. One of the most impressive things I ever recall.
 

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I was on USN destroyers built in WWII in the 60s. Other destroyer sailors told me the Enterprise was hard to stay with in any kind of weather when speedy movement was ordered. Don't know her top speed. Lots of rumors, but think was similar to current carriers.
Interesting, the RN invented almost everything about naval aviation - flying boats, steam catapults, angled decks, even the first flight decks, but just now coming back to large carriers.
 

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