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Just wondering if it is a possibility that if warned the day of the attack, the Navy could have ordered the two carrier groups at sea, the Lex and the Enterprise to meet at sea between Midway and Oahu and attempt to intercept the Japanese as they left Hawaiian waters?  Or is it more likely that Lex was too far out at sea to make it back to meet Enterprise, leaving Enterprise to pursue the fleet after a possible counter attack by the alerted bombers of the Hawaiian Air Force?   Thank you.
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I can't answer that question but the idea of two partially armed US carriers chasing after a full fleet of six carriers and escorts is not a good thing to think about..... I think it's good it happened the way it did.

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The biggest problem is that everyone thought the IJN carriers were south of Pearl.... if we knew they were north of pearl, and guessed that they would take a somewhat direct route back to Japan, it might have just been possible for Lex and Enterprise to intercept somewhere roughly north of Midway.

But.... it would have, as already mentioned here, been a REALLY bad idea.  Probably both carriers get sunk by the very well trained IJN pilots.  Our pilots were not quite as ready for combat (the Japanese had been fighting in China for years) and might have received a grim education in the ways of the Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero.
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Aloha Marko,
To have several American carriers steaming in a line made for a unique photo...but the idea of multiple carriers in a single battle group was lost to American planners, but the view of that photo gave Japanese planners the idea for the "Kido Butai".
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Just wondering if it is a possibility that if warned the day of the attack, the Navy could have ordered the two carrier groups at sea, the Lex and the Enterprise to meet at sea between Midway and Oahu and attempt to intercept the Japanese as they left Hawaiian waters?  Or is it more likely that Lex was too far out at sea to make it back to meet Enterprise, leaving Enterprise to pursue the fleet after a possible counter attack by the alerted bombers of the Hawaiian Air Force?   Thank you.

Admiral Halsey's Task force was running short of fuel, after delivering Marine Wildcat fighterplanes to Wake Island.  They were supposed to enter Pearl Harbor the day before the Japanese attack, but because they ran into that same North Pacific storm the Japanese had ridden all the way across the Pacific, the Enterprise was unable to re-fuel her escorting destroyers.

Instead, Halsey ordered his ships to cut their speed and drastically slow down, in order to conserve their remaining fuel.  It greatly saddened the ship's crews, because they wouldn't be spending a Saturday night, on the town in port, but it undoubtedly saved the USS Enterprise from destruction on 7 December.
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