Carriers are naval capitol ships that carry complements of small ships such as fighters, shuttles, and support craft. They are also ideally suited for battle mop-up, recovery, and salvage operations, which consist of frequent short-range flights in a limited area around the carrier.
Carriers may also transport infantry units and ground vehicles for planetary operations. Sometimes “walkers” such as Pandolins are even carried on the hulls of these large ships.
Since the advent of Relay Attacks using Bouncers, Carriers have largely been relegated to a mop-up and salvage detail. However, for protracted campaigns Carriers lend a “sustained presence” that can be a significant advantage over Bouncers alone.