After playing a few games with only a few Dictator Class cruisers running around in the back end of my fleet trying to stave off enemy Fighters and Bombers, I've come to a conclusion.
I need to stop using my Carriers as US Navy Supercarrier equivelents, hanging back and launching Wave after wave of SC, treating them like fragile ships.
I need to use them like the Battlestar Galactica! Good shields, Good Armour, decent firepower all around (Torps count!), able to take the punishment from being right in the heart of battle.
Of the three or four IN players in my local BFG group, I'm probably the only one who tries to at least have 4 Launch Bays per 500pts. The rest of the guys either ignore them and go for pure firepower or take an Emperor and leave it at that. I'm still not sold on the Emperor, used it a few times and it was never where I needed it, too far behind the cruiser gunline, whilst my Dictators actually got in close enough to lend the support I wanted.
I can't believe it has taken me over 6 months of playing BFG to realise that I have to get my carriers in close rather than keep them safe at the rear. Real life =/= Tabletop eh?