What you have to bear in mind is that the RAF was in control of Naval aviation until May 1939 and. The RN had no influence or say in the choice of aircraft for the Fleet Air Arm until then. The RAF considered that the FAA was not important.
Given the political situation, the RAF naturally dedicated the available resources to the development and production of Hurricanes and Spitfires for the defence of mainland Britain. No money was spent by them on developing Naval aircraft.
There was statement about Spitfire and Messerschmidt Bf-109 in book "Battle for Britain" that Messerschmidt had better manouverability than Spitfire, but had weak wings so crews were not hasty to try to get best from their fighters... until too late. And, about Japanese attack on Malaya, and, later, Singapore, I'm not sure RAF had any Spitfire in these areas at all.
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