Together, the mobile service squadrons gave the fast carrier task force an extraordinary mobility--a mobility that in 1944 allowed the Pacific Fleet to combine its Central Pacific offensive with General Douglas MacArthur's South Pacific drive toward the Philippines from New Guinea.
The plan outlined in annex A had Mitscher's fast carrier task force (TF 38) "seek out the enemy and launch a concentrated air strike against his major units.
USNR, "Remarks on the Development of the Fast Carrier Task Force," part 1 of Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Air) Historical Unit, Essays in the History of Naval Air Operations, vol.
For more details on the new technology, see Hilen, "Remarks on the Development of the Fast Carrier Task Force," p.
By 1944, the Navy's fast carrier task forces were a major operational-level weapon.
Fast carrier task forces became the basis of the offensive power of the Pacific Fleet.
Although long-range bombers and reconnaissance aircraft could reach the Gilberts, the extreme range forced Spruance to provide direct air support for the invasion forces with his fast carrier task forces.
The fast carrier task forces, now designated TF 58, had a new commander for FLINTLOCK, Rear Admiral Marc A.
The new approach enabled employment of fast carrier task forces in a way that allowed a rapid offensive.
For example, the twenty-one-large-scale fleet problems undertaken in the 1920s and 1930s were crucial to developing the principles, doctrine, trained personnel, defense-industrial base, and systems mix that enabled the fast carrier task forces to supplant the battleship-dominated fleet during World War II.
As it turned out, the Essex-class ships that formed the backbone of the Navy's fast carrier task forces in World War II displaced nearly twice as much tonnage.
Navy's fast carrier task forces turned the tide in the Pacific during World War II.