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Re: You are mixing up wetness with seaworthiness ....
The RN always preferred to keep aircraft below decks in the hangar when operating in the Atlantic.
Some empirical evidence springs to mind about seaworthiness:
1) Ark Royal launched and recovered the Swordfish strike which torpedoed Bismarck in miserable weather.
2) HMS Duke of York and accompanying cruisers and destroyers kept pace with and overhauled Scharnhorst in very heavy artic seas.
Nothing is to say the British ships couldn't have been improved upon, but weather and sea state didn't curtail either of those operations.
True, at the time point, when the carrier dived with the bow that deep into the wave, it must have affected its speed - and for sure its fighting ability is nil if something like that happens (interesting that there are no planes visible on the deck; they probably had the same opinion).
The green water at the KGVs is different to the visible pitching of the carrier. I would agree that in case of the KGVs the green water is not an indicator for seaworthiness. They appear to be more "stable" (less pitching) than the carrier.
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