Originally Posted by Supostat
Yes, they are.
1. Range. The reason why carriers got on the top was (and still is) because their capability to engage targets located hundreds of miles away, while battleship can engage only targets few dozens of miles away.
2. Accuracy. Salvos of battleship guns still lacks accuracy - their projectiles works just like free falling air bombs. While ground attack planes after taking off from the carrier, can deliver guided bombs and missiles into a target thus increasing effectivity of the use of ammo.
And finally - imagine battle between battleship group vs. carrier group. Which one will fin? I'll put my bet on carrier group.
I beg to differ about the accuracy of a BB's shells, Maybe in the 90's and after they aren't accurate, but last time I saw one was Desert Storm, and eth U.S.S Wisconsin hit their intended target every time, and was only off my a inch or two.