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I think seaplane carriers would be a vary viable addition to the game. Seaplane carriers would generally be relatively small and/or slow with large aircraft with very big HP pools, but very few aircraft per squadron and only 1-2 per attack. They would have weaker bomb and torpedo armaments, and weak/few/no fighters. Their primary armament would be very large aircraft spotting ranges and ASW planes. The best three nations to have them, is the US, Japan, and maybe Britain. 

US:

US seaplane tenders would be slower, with planes that have very high HP pools, sometimes up to twice their aircraft carrier' counterparts HP pool, They would either have leval bombing with SAP bombs, or they would dive at a slight angle and attack with HE

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Hull C Langley upgrade would lead into the US seaplane tender line, switching from the pre-refit Langley to its seaplane carrier form.

She would have one squadrons of NC-11 bombers, with one squadron of 4 bombers attacking in groups of 2 with each bomber carrying 4 250 SAP bombers in a level bombing capacity with 2,000 HP, and one squadron of 2 bombers, with 1 per attack with each bomber carrying 4 HE bombs, attacking in a slight dive. The bombers would have 2,250 HP

She would also have one squadron of 4 SOC Seagull ASW plans, with 1,265 HP each

 

The first Seaplane Tender would be USS Wright AV-1 at tier V

She would carry 4 P2Y-1 bombers that attack in groups of 1, each plane would carry 2 1000lb SAP bombs which deal 2,220 HP each, and each bomber has a speed of 98 kts, and 2,750 HP each

She would also carry 4 P2Y-1 bombers that attack in groups of 1, each plane would carry 6 250 HP bombs which deal 1,950 HP each, and each bomber has a speed of 103 kts, with 2,825 HP each

She would also carry SOC-3 ASW planes with 1,500 HP each and , These can be Upgraded to OS2U-1 ASW planes with 1,750 HP each.

The ship would go 15.3 kts, and have 2 5in/38 caliber DPAA guns, 2*AA 3 in/50 caliber AAA guns, 2 .50 caliber AA guns

 

The Second Ship in the line would be the USS Curtiss, AV-4 at tier VII

She would carry 4 P2Y-3 bomber is attack groups of 2, each bomber carrying 4 500 lb HE bombs dealing 3,760 HP each, each bomber has a speed of 106 kts, and 3,120 HP each.These can be upgraded to either PBY-3 bombers with either 4 1000lb HE bombs, or 4 1000lb SAP bombs, HE bombs do 4,500 HP each, the SAP bombs deal 5,250 HP damage each.

She will also have PBY-3 Torpedo bombers that carry 2 Mark 8 torpedoes that deal 4,765 damage each.

She also carriers 4 SC-1 Seahawk ASW bombers with 2,000 HP each

She would go 20 kts and carry 4*5/38 DPAA guns and 4*4 40 mm AA guns

 

The Third ship in line would be the tier IX AVD Childs

She would carry one squadron 6 PBM-1 bombers attacking in groups of 2 carrying 2 2,000lb SAP bombs dealing 10,500 HP per hit with each plane having 6,265 HP each and a speed of 125 kts. 

She would carry another squadron of 6 PBM-1 bombers attacking in groups of 2 carrying 2 Mark 13 torpedoes dealing 6,500 HP per hit with each plane having 6,500 HP each and a speed of 115 kts.

She also carries 6 SC-2 Seahowk ASW bombers with 2,250 HP each 

She goes 25 kts and carriers 2*3/50 DPAA guns and 5 20 mm AA guns as well as Depth Charges and 5 km detectibility range

Please comment any suggestions that you believe to be helpful

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Seaplane tenders were the original idea for the first CV's, probably as tier 3's. The hybrids that are now in testing use seaplanes though but it remains to be seen if they can be balanced.

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For the USN I would go with III USS Wright, IV USS Langley, V USS Curtiss, VI USS Ranger, VII USS Currituck, VIII USS Lexington (no tier IX, it would just be a target with no significant offensive value other than spotting).  Yes, the construction dates may be out of chronological order but the abilities and armament would be more in keeping with WoW thinking.  

That having been said, the typical armament, speed and lack of armor would make these ships virtual sitting ducks.  Perhaps in special operations (which are lacking to begin with).

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To be honest I chose a modified Clemson as tier IX, so I can't fault you. I agree with your line-up, too it is much better than my very basic outline

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I would love to have seaplane tenders as a new Class, tho I'm still not sold on the direct control of planes third person style. I would like the planes to be used as consumables... deployable spotters on map locations, escort fighters to selected ships, surface/asw attacks as are currently proposed for the new ASW plane consumable for BBs. 

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