No more effectively than they did at Guadalcanal. The distance would preclude the use of the new A6M3 Model 32, which had 20% less range. Unless or until a closer base to Esprito was found. Just as the A6M3 was not seen over Guadalcanal until the closer satellite fields opened up. With the A6M2s limited to about 15 minutes over Guadalcanal, they would also be limited to 15 minutes over Esprito.