Flippancy, those dates are outside the context of this thread.Perhaps ken should also have stated that the RN did not want the Phantom in 1940? or 2010? or 1805?
Thorvic is correct, in the context of the RN expecting CVA-01 they where looking well beyond the F4. It was an 'interim' solution, though that seems a common thread in their decision making.
But understandable in the context of how rapidly things had progressed since 1945.