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Why were the aircraft carriers out at see instead of in Pearl Harbor?

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06/19/2010

On the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the US Navy had 3 aircraft carriers in the Pacific.

The Enterprise had just delivered 12 Marine fighters to Wake Island and was on her way to Pearl.

The Saratoga was refitting at Bremerton, Washington State.

The Lexington was delivering dive bombers to Midway.