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I think that the USS Tangier (AV-8) would be a good addition to the game as a tier IV-V carrier. It has excellent history being one of, if not the first ship to open fire at Pearl Harbor, thanks to the decisions of his captain, Clifton Sprague, of Battle off Samar fame. Not only that but her aircraft fought off a surprise attack by 7 Japanese aircraft on their routine search mission. 

It could operate easily as a carrier, since the only difference between a normal carrier and a seaplane carrier is that seaplane carriers launch aircraft from catapults or beside the ship instead of on a flight deck. I believe that this launch area problem could be easily solved.

Aircraft:

Bombers: Squadron: 2 PBY-5a Catalina, Attack group: 1 PBY-5a equipped with 4 500 lb bombs dropped in the British Fashion.

Torpedo Bombers:  2 PBY-5a Catalina, Attack group: 1 PBY-5a equipped with 2 Mk 8 Torpedo

ASW: 4 OS2U Kingfisher ASW aircraft

Fighters: N/A

AA:

4 3 in/50 AAA guns

8 .50 AA guns

Main Battery:

1 5/51 cannon

After Action Report from Pearl Harbor:

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/archives/digitized-collections/action-reports/wwii-pearl-harbor-attack/ships-s-z/uss-tangier-av-8-action-report.html

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That would make a good convoy escort in Operations...*looks around...a tomato 🍅 the size of a pumpkin flies at me. *Ducks. ..😱

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Wouldn’t really object, since I proposed USS Hilo back in 2016.

As much as I think FPS carriers are complete garbage, their mechanics make something like Tangier or Hilo (a PT boat tender,) actually easier to implement.

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IMO the best option for a seaplane tender as a low tier CV would be Commandant Teste with Loire 210 fighters/rocket planes and Latécoère 298 dive/torpedo bombers. Or Dewoitine HD.780 for the fighters/rocket planes if WG wanted to push her into T6.

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I'm not sure it would be too OP, it would probably see ships with fighters and good AA, and she has twice the bombs in an attack vs. the Langley and the same weight in bombs vs. the Ranger, but dropped like the British so it is a bit more inaccurate. She could be the bane of submarines though, as she has ASW instead of Fighters. 

The PBY-5a should have HP of about 3,100

With 4 500 lb bombs witch do the same damage as the Langley's bombs

It should go about 100 kts

The Commandant Teste is a really good idea too, but I don't feel that it has as colorful a history

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