This is a case study of operational and tactical innovation in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Its purpose is to erase a myth—the myth that Navy tactical and operational doctrine existing at the time of Pearl Harbor facilitated a straightforward substitution of carriers for the battleship force that had been severely damaged by Japanese carrier aviation on 7 December 1941. That is not what happened.
Hone, Thomas C.
"Replacing Battleships with Aircraft Carriers in the Pacific in World War II,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 66
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol66/iss1/6