Dive bombing most definitely was the best was of using air.
however, coming back to weapons of the time. Weren’t aerial torpedoes always designed to explode on contact? I.e the use of torpedoes that either targeted to vulnerable screws or exploded directly underneath the boat overcoming ten troublesome torpedo bikers weren’t very effective.
I guess battleships would be nice to have but they’re pretty limited. Ship on ship and shore bombardment.
a carrier gives you the ability to do ship on ship via its aircraft. Shore bombardment, tactical strikes further in land and ASW.
often the decisions come down to cost. More versatile and adaptable platforms
Means more flexibility.
The Battleships last hurrah was the Battle of the Surigao Strait in 1944.
Rather fittingly, it was fought by Admiral Oldendorf’s ancient WWI era battlewagons against Admiral Nishimura's ancient WWI era battlewagons.
A classic crossing the T action, a rather fitting end to the era of the big gun ship.