The problem was, Wasp was too slow to adequately launch aircraft.
"During the live bombing practice held 29 March (1939) it was necessary to use a long take-off run, because the surface wind was about 4 knots, and the maximum speed through the water attainable was 24.2 knots. With a long-run take-off it is not possible to spot the usual number of planes on deck which results in a considerable increase in time of take-off and consequent serious reduction in military effectiveness.......
Another disadvantage.... is the long time required to work up maximum speed. This is a serious handicap when expeditious take-off is required."
Admiral King, then Commander of Aircraft, Battle Force, writing to CNO on 7 April, 1939.