Recently its become a thing where carriers are going out with sub cap fleets for smaller scale operations, acting as extra muscle in fights. Sometimes the fights escalate into Dreadnoughts and FAX machines, but many times the carriers are mostly unsupported except for the usual Logistic cruisers and the rest of the fleet. I wanted to get in on the action so I took my Thanatos out in a GalMil fleet and while I didn't get to use my fighters I did apply some energy neutralizers to one lone Ferox caught out of position.
I find it very interesting stepping back and looking at this evolution of Carriers. They used to represent a massive jump in power and cost over battleships but now the jump is definitely a lot less severe. With the right fitting and rigs carriers approach heavily tanked battleships in align time and warp speed, and since they can use stargates they can travel with the sub caps and not slow the fleet down appreciably. In exchange, they provide long range heavy hitting firepower.
Indeed, even in space the models of the carriers are barely a few percentage points larger than the battleships they now find themselves in the company of. It feels like CCP took the backdoor to the Assault Carrier idea I've floated a couple times.