I think this passage from the website you recommended, Jacques, is appropriate about now.
[Photo caption] "USS Pringle
(DD-477) was one of three new Fletcher-class destroyers experimentally fitted with a catapult and a Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher seaplane for about four-months in 1943. After shipping the catapult and replacing all of her standard weaponry, Pringle
was later sunk by a kamikaze's bomb at Okinawa in 1945. By then this honored 'tin can' had been awarded ten Battle Stars."
[Begin text] "In a wartime letter to his mother, Signalman 3c Tommy Adamo succinctly expressed his feelings about a recently concluded bold naval experiment aboard his ship, even though his mother had not the vaguest idea what her devoted son was talking about: 'Well, we're finally rid of that contemptible rig, Mom. They just carted away the last of that knuckle-busting catapult yesterday and soon we'll be free of all that explosive gasoline too. Also, we'll get back the sorely missed guns we shipped to make room for that flimsy awful seaplane. You can't believe what a waste of manpower and effort this whole experiment has been. Talk about a typical Navy foul-up! The entire crew is relieved, including the officers, and me too.'"
It isn't clear that Signalman Adamo was aboard Pringle
specifically, or sister Stevens
(DD 479) or Halford
(DD 480), or if so, whether he was still aboard Pringle
when she was sunk off Okinawa in 1945. Whatever the truth, it's clear that Adamo and his shipmates were not comfortable being aboard a floatplane-packing tin can and its requisite avgas. By then, it's also clear that naval officers of high rank were in agreement with Signalman Adamo about what