I am pretty sure that the battle cruisers for the Republic scramble (take off) after the main fighters. Unlike imperial Star Destroyers, who fly in and then release swarms of TIE fighters.
Okay, so it’s fairly established since the first Star Wars (1977) that TIE fighters are short range fighters that are based in Star Destroyers. I mean, Obi-Wan Kenobi clearly says:
“No, it’s a short-range fighter.”
when the Millennium Falcon comes out of hyperspace expecting to be near Alderaan but finds space rubble and a lone TIE fighter instead.
And then—as far as X-Wings go—pretty much every appearance of them we see in the films is in support of larger ships. X-Wings are more nimble craft and can go into hyperspace.
Yes, we see them parked on the ground or in hangars in the films, but what about when they are in transit? Is there such a thing as a Rebel “X-Wing carrier” craft?
The only thing close to one I can remember—and find reference to—in the series is in Return of the Jedi (1983) when Han talks to Lando in front of the Millennium Falcon in what is described in the script as INT HEADQUARTERS FRIGATE - MAIN DOCKING BAY. Apparently this hangar was in Admiral Ackbar’s ship—known as Home One—but that ship is described as:
“…a mobile command center after the Empire discovered and destroyed the main Alliance headquarters on Hoth.”
So it doesn’t seem like it’s main use was as an in-space carrier? Unless I’m mistaken.
Anyway in that scene on Home One in Return of the Jedi, you can clearly see hints of X-Wings in the background as well. But past that one very minor scene it seems to me that there is no consistent mention of Rebel docking/hangar facilities in space. So do such “X-Wing carriers” or something similar exist and are they commonly used? Where do X-Wing fighters—and similar small scale Rebel craft—dock to refuel and tune up when in space when engaged in normal day-to-day usage?
As it stands Home One seems to have been an improvised solution in Return of the Jedi put together to accommodate the needs of planet-based operations on Yavin and Hoth being destroyed in previous films.
Looking for an in-universe answer; canonical or non-canonical answers are fine. References please.