Fleet carrier decommissioning is a mysterious process and, through a series of experiments conducted for the Fleet Carrier Owners Club (r/FCOC), I've demystified some of it – and have found the Codex entry is wrong in several places.
Here are the most important findings. There's a full summary post
|The Codex says or implies…||Actual behaviour|
|Most core services will cease to function during the Pending Decommission state||Most core services remain operational during the Pending Decommission state, including navigation, tritium donation and the market|
|You have at least one week before your carrier becomes fully decommissioned and inaccessible||The carrier was decommissioned in just under five days|
|You will receive a refund for installed optional services, stock and cargo||You will not be refunded for these|
|Other commanders docked, or with stored ships and modules, will receive communications about the decommissioning process||Other commanders receive no communications at all|
If you're going to decommission your carrier, make sure to remove all optional services and keep an eye on the decommission timer.