Instead of asking the question I asked, you have answered a question I did not ask, and still got it wrong. Have you considered becoming a politician?
I think that @Not a Boffin would offer a different view - the QEC design was driven by the number of sorties that could be delivered per day. Does it really matter exactly what type of sortie that is (from a carrier design point of view), or whether the jets carry air to air missiles, bombs, or air to surface missiles?
The sortie rate was the number required to beat down a near peer country, not fight some air war against non existent Russian fighters over the north Atlantic.