well I have to say I agree with some of the statements about the Bengal class i disagree with others
according to claw marks http://download.wcnews.com/files/manuals/Wing%20Commander%20-%20Claw%20Marks.pdf
page 47 in the pdf
Pride of the Fleet
The TCS Tiger's Claw
2642: The Confederation military command, determining that a need exists for a heavy space carrier,
authorizes design of the Bengal-class carrier line. Trojan Four Spaceyards wins the assignment to build the
new line of carriers.
2644: The newly-launched TCS Tiger's Claw, on its shakedown cruise, carrying a minimal spacecrew and
an under-experienced command, finds itself in the path of a surprise Kilrathi invasion force. The ship's
unexpected presence along the Kilrathi flight plan, clever tactics on the part of the command crew, and
performance above and beyond the call of duty by the spacecrews rout the superior Kilrathi force. Shortly
thereafter, Tiger's Claw is given permanent assignment in Vega Sector.
2645: The second Bengal-class space carrier, the Kipling, is launched. Owing to design modifications, the
Kipling and all subsequent Bengals are 10 meters shorter and several tonnes less massive than the Tiger's
Claw, making the Tiger's Claw the biggest space carrier in its class.
2649: Tiger's Claw performs a delaying action to allow Confederation transports carrying ground troops to
retreat out of Kilrathi-occupied space. The engagement, known as Custer's Carnival, concludes with Tiger's
Claw seriously damaged but able to return to port. The carrier is in spacedock undergoing repairs and
refitting until early '50.
The Tigers Claw was the first and its the biggest the second was the Kipling.
note I haven't seen any revised images with a covered flight deck however since there were "design modifications" in the ships launched after the Tigers Claw so it may be possible.
The Bengal class was meant for deep strike missions however due to the number of transports required to resupply it they would need at least return to the front line during resupply after major campaigns.
Also I could see it being used in pincer maneuvers. A Bengal class carrier sneaks around the rear of the Kilrathi fleet to cut off supply lines and the escape route for the Kilrathi capital ships. while the main confederation fleet made a major push forward on the other side of the Kilrathi fleet slowly taking it out by attrition.