Let's NOT have another 13-page Lilith argument please
Actually, with a AWACs, you can tell its jumping in (very soon - like...now), but that's too late. If it comes in behind, it still has enough time to roast a cruiser or two's rear end before they jump out. Shivans almost always
jump into beam range, and basically open fire right as they emerge from subspace. Its what their ships are best at doing. Ever wonder why everything points forward (except for the SD Demon, that one's a weirdo)
That would actually be a good strategy for a pocket-sized fleet to copy. Jump in, roast something, scram! The fighter carriers would be made for this too - the fighters (a wing or two) would simply detatch
after coming out of a node and get right into the action. They can just inter-system jump out. It would probably be cheaper than mounting inter-system jump drives as the carrier can pick up the fighters and service them later, away from the battle. The strike carrier would be like a Moloch - a few beams, decent armor, but not that strong. Good for jumping in, deploying fighters, providing fire support, then jumping out. Then, you would not need to commit an expensive destroyer deep into enemy territory to be able to service fightercraft.