I think it was the Stephen Koontz books (of which the doyen I think was Flight of the Intruder) that built novels around US carrier ops.
There was a system for launching a raid. Get fighters up to keep the airspace clear, get AWACS up to control the raid. Get a ranker up. Get the raid aircraft up. Top up the raid aircraft that have used a lot of fuel getting airborne. Set off on the raid.
Something like that. Don't quote me. It must be 25 years since I read them at the VSC while consulting.
A lot more takeoffs than just the raid aircraft.
ISTR that the SR-71 blackbird couldn't take off with full load, so had to tank almost immediately on take off.