Chuck's statement is complete BS , Zeppelin may not be best carrier of that time , but at least it didn't sink from one single torpedo hit like Taiho !Despite whatever cynicism on Chuck's part, the statements oregardin her design when compared to a Japanese carrier of similar size are true.
Taiho is one of the worst examples of carrier engineering . In an effort to squeeze as many planes as possible on poorly designed and protected ship , they left tanks with aircraft fuel completely exposed to torpedo strikes and no easy way to ventilate fuel vapors . When torpedo strike from US submarine damaged said tanks they started to leak and flammable vapors started to accumulate all across the ship with no way to ventilate them . Finally , something ignited fumes and it was all over in a second .
As I said , Zeppelin may not be best ship of that class , but it was still example of good and solid German engineering , and survived lot of fire power before finally sinking .