A continuation of the military history of the Republic of Man, then the Solarian Empire.
In the 2240s, the Republic started to experiment with remote controlled ships. Controlled via the rings, so the idea of living quarters was no longer a consideration. The military also grasped this idea with a passion. The idea was to build massively dense ships that consisted mostly of an engine, sensors and weapons systems surrounded by a solid metal shell. No crew quarters and only a Ring room (normally in engineering with Jrings for artificial gravity) with passageways to the weapons and sensor locations. These passageways were deep within the armor of the craft, with only their weapons ports showing. While the sensors were near the surface of the craft, the weapons systems were deep in the shell, with massive turret type armor systems around them. This would slow the slewing of the weapon but would provide a massively protected weapon platform.
When the military started putting more ring weapons on these vessels, they built passageways out to the skin of the ship for maintenance of the rings. Then, someone came up with the idea of putting the rings in the turrets. A mechanism was built that would house many rings, that hosted different weapon systems. When a weapon was called for, the device would turn the correct ring towards the firing port. This meant the system could keep up a massive amount of firepower, over a long time. Since surface weapon rings were vulnerable to damage, it was decided to build many turrets, massive and smaller ones all over the ship.
For the larger battleships, 8 massive turrets were built and 16 smaller ones. The massive turrets had the weapons carousel, while the smaller ones would have just a single ring. Most of these smaller turrets would in the time of the Empire, connect to stations that would be able to connect many different types of weapons to the ring but would take more time in doing so. The massive turrets had rings that could be served by many different locations.
In the 25th Century, the ships would have hangar bays for remote controlled fighters and bombers. These systems would also have rings in them. Their weapons ports were ring weapons and their control was ring based. Due to their size, the rings were smaller and could not use the same ring weapons that the larger ships used. These fighters were extremely powerful since they could still pump out gigawatts of laser power or fire an almost unlimited number of missiles or projectiles. They were basically a large engine with enough fuel storage capacity to keep the engine running. The rest of the fuel was provided via ring fuel systems.
In the battleship’s hangar bays, there were a few ring ports and Jring gravity systems. When flight ops was called for, a flight crew was sent forth to care for any damaged fighters or to move them into position. While this could have been handled by robots or a complex mechanical system, it was thought that EMP would probably disable the system or the robots were not monitored enough. Man was still worried about AI taking over. Damaged craft that could not be fixed on the hangar deck were pushed through one of the Rings to a fighter depot back in Imperial space. When fighters were destroyed, new ones could be sent through to the hangar bay.
Since there was still the problem of passing rings through rings, additional rings were stored, in the hangar bays, in EMP-protected store rooms. The human crew was only present when flight ops were initiated. These were normally done well before ship to ship combat was initiated. The fighters would be sent out first to either attack before the ships or to try and flank the enemy. Some would be kept back, to help with the area defense, but most were released to attack.