It doesn't have to be one flight of bombers, just a few well placed missiles would do the job. Just like Abukai said, these ships have their maintenance schedules planned well in advance. The Ike had to have some of her flight deck redone as well as a few other ships in the strike group in order to pass certification to be deployed. That is nothing unusual, yet that is what yard periods are for. I never understood why the 4th fleet would have all of her carriers home ported in Norfolk and not have a few in Mayport. You would think that the lessons learned from Pearl Harbor would still ring true today. Just imagine what a tactical nuke would do to our ability to forward deploy around the world from Norfolk. Of course that is an extreme case, but nowadays countries wouldn't use torpedo dive bombers to get the job done. Really this is just baffling to me, and I'm a lowly enlisted puke! Why must things be learned the hard way? God help us.