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Commenting on James' answer not yours.
Posted by Graham Boak on July 24, 2021, 12:03:18, in reply to "My misstatement
I understood what you meant.
I'd only add that Indomitable was on its way, but would not have arrived in time even without its unfortunate incident on the approach to a US port. Perhaps not relevant, but I am informed by my Merchant Navy daughter that US channels are marked with the opposite colours to those in the UK (and elsewhere in the world?). I suspect the duty officer on Indomitable will have been aware of that.
The RAF would protect them until the fleet carriers arrived in 1942, as they did.
As they did referred to the arrival of the fleet carriers to the Eastern Fleet in early 1942, not the RAF's protection of Force Z. Though had Philips called for fighters as soon as he was spotted, they'd have arrived in time for the first attacks.
One of Boyd's insights is the difference between Philips' relative lack of interest in signal intelligence and Somerville's close attention to it. Believe he also notes that the Japanese had only enough aerial torpedoes on hand for one such attack--after that it was all bombs until a resupply.
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