How soon do you know they're coming? Kimmel said with two hours notice he would have sortied the fleet. He's an admiral, I'm not, but I wouldn't take the fleet out to meet Kido Butai. Ballard would be looking for the whole Pacific Fleet today.
If the radar sighting was the first warning you only have an hour. In that hour the Navy would man all the guns, fire up the boilers, set water-tight integrity and disperse the planes at the airfields. Get a line of destroyers 100 yards east of Battleship Row to nulify torpedo attacks and let fly at anything that's in the air over the harbor. Notify the Army that the area is a "you-fly, you-die" zone.
The Army gets ammo out to all guns and gets them manned.
Elliott and Lockard have been relieved by now, and they're back at Fighter Informatin Center giving info on their sighting. This info goes to Com14th and Enterprise and Lexington team up and move to intercept.
IF the fleet is out to sea, Japan hits targets of opportunity, which means the infrastructure for our submarine war is seriously damaged.
AND Arizona is in Tokyo Bay for the surrender cerimonies.
(Edited by Larry Jewell at 8:21 pm on July 1, 2001)