Documentary describes the evolution in the aircraft carrier design & its implication in the pre & post WWII. The radicalization of carriers had brought misery upon the once great Japanese Imperial naval force & it had helped the US to control whole of the Atlantic during the Great War.
However, difficulty emerges with the the start of Cold War & Western carriers proved to be sitting ducks for the nuclear powered Soviet submarines. Antiship cruise missiles can now completely deny the use of oceans to carriers & urged US to partner carriers with its own nuclear submarines; thereby increasing costs manifolds. British with the introduction of STOVL capable Harriers totally antiquated the need of enormous carriers & miniaturized versions of carriers with formidable Harriers upon them proved to be more cost-effective than gigantic US fleet of carriers..