Try Options > HUD, scroll down to 'Your Officers.' There are tabs there listed as 'Your Mine and Fighter Names,' Your Mine and Fighter Life,' and 'Your Mine and Fighter Reticles.' Try ticking them from 'Targeted' to 'Always,' and see if that works for you. I don't have a carrier currently, or I'd try it myself. If it does, you won't get a neat UI, but you'll at least get a visual life bar and be able to pick them out on the screen.
I use the video options to have my pets show names.
This is useful except when:
Set to "fire on my target", they all cluster up and 3 names are in "perfect overlap".
They fly out of my cone of vision, I frequently have them blasting generators while I'm watching the gateway for probes.
They scatter all over creation in intercept mode against 2 flight deck carriers in a Gorn fleet action
Dots, numbers, something would greatly help me know the status of my squadrons. I can't think of a single modern carrier that isn't getting updates of it's fighters and know what they are doing/up to...
Yes, I'm going here. Iconic / "hero" ships, I'm talking Galaxy/Defiant/Intrepid here you TNG-era fans, get a T6 version, then ALL the hero ships (Connie, Miranda, NX, etc.) need one too. I'm a ToS fan, and proud of it. This is a themepark, let me enjoy my ride or none of us deserve one...
Thats all I want! Just some dots for pete sake!. make the dots cycle from green to red as they get closer to death. Have the red ones de-cycle when you press the launch key, replacing them with fresh fighters.
During 5 man missions its kinda hard keeping control of how many hangarbay flyers are still alive and where they are.
Except right after a Borg Cube dies, every single Bird of Prey will be one shot of the explosion.