I know this is way off the subject ( looks like it went that way anyway) I do a lot of naval wargaming. Through the years I have found 2 Iowa's are needed in dealing with 1 Yamato. I also believe that at the end of the war high ranking officers confermed this. As far as surface actions were concerned,yes the US navy wanted a day action. The results of the Sybian Sea action at night at the Leyte Gulf engagement confirms this. The old battleships with radar were effective when they engaged the Yamashiro. We ambushed,had the T crossed and only 3 out of the 6 BB's did anything. No wonder Lee was worried. The new BB's were set up for escorting the CV's as was said. Very little time was given them for a surface engagement. As Sean Conneryt said in Hunt for Red October Halsey was an Idiot. That could have been the engagement of the big boys at San Bernadino Straight.