In the 1970s the US was looking at fielding large numbers of cheaper carriers and they wanted a VTOL fighter to go with it.
The problem was the design chosen for development, the XFV-12, couldn't get off the ground.
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Another reason Big Navy fought the SCS concept was because penny-pinching politicians saw them as a replacement for conventional CVs.