It's fairly clear from some of the replays that I've seen that having a "commodore" and a plan, any plan, beats the snot out of just yoloing a game.
There's no way that a typical random match is going to see a carrier with an AA escort, is there? It's just not fun enough.
At this point, I see little point in playing unless I have a division of buddies to play with. I run a teamspeak server, and we always talk out our plan, and agree to something before the match starts. Usually we have a cruiser escorting the BB and killing DDs before they can get the BB. Having a group that has played together a bit really helps with the coordination and execution - and having a plan (even if that plan is to hang back and play defense until further developments).