The Sentinel class vessel is the next generation in border patrolling starships. The project began in 2375, following the end of the Dominion war. Preparations to rebuild the Federation Starfleet called for new vessel designs to replace the older starships that served in the war and although production of the larger classes was a slow process, work on the smaller vessels progressed smoothly. Classes such as the Miranda, Excelsior and Centaur had served long past their service life estimations and it was finally time to decommission the last of these vessels and replace them with newer, more advanced designs.
The Miranda class had primarily earned its prestige as a border patrol vessel and Starfleet felt that such an important role needed to be filled quickly and efficiently. A tech team at Utopia Planitia had been working on the Guardian class for some time, taking design elements from classes such as the Nova, Defiant, Sovereign and Intrepid.
It's compact design, weapons payload, sensor packages and propulsion systems made it an obvious successor to the Miranda class, while it also complimented such classes as the Defiant and Prometheus as primary choices for escort/combat duties.
|1||Main Bridge, Situation Room (Briefing Room), Captain's Ready Room, Executive Officer's Office, Multi Use Office, Bridge Head, Equipment Storage, Escape Pods (1-4), Upper Docking Airlock, Impulse Drive Assembly|
|2||Junior Officer’s Quarters, Crew Quarters, Transporter Room 1 + 2, Cargo Bay, Deuterium Storage, CSTO’s Office, Security Suite, Main Brig, Main Armoury, Cargo Bays 1 + 2 (Upper), Deuterium Storage Tanks|
|3||Commanding Officer’s Quarters, VIP Quarters, Crew Quarters, Pulse Phaser Cannons, Sickbay, Chief Medical Officer's Office, Counsellor’s Office, Counselling Suite, Deuterium Storage, Cargo Bays 1 + 2 (Lower), Primary Computer Core (Level 1), Chief Science Officer's Office, Configurable Laboratories (4)|
|4||Senior Officer’s Quarters, Crew Quarters, Passenger Quarters, Auxiliary Deflector, Astrometrics, Holodecks 1 & 2, Shuttle Launch Control, Chief Flight Control Officer’s Office, Shuttlebay, Primary Computer Core (Level 2), Matter Injector|
|5||Junior Officer’s Quarters, Crew Quarters, Passenger Quarters, Mess Hall, Captain's Private Dining Room, Sentry Class Runabout Docking Port, Primary Computer Core (Level 3), Secondary Computer Core (Level 1), SIF/IDF Generators, Shuttlecraft Storage, Crew Lounge, Airlocks (p/s)|
|6||Main Engineering, Engineering Labs (4), Chief Engineer’s Office, Life Support Systems, Secondary Computer Core (Level 2), Forward Torpedo Turret, Maintenance & Repair Bay, Turbolift Control & Maintenance, Operations Suite, Chief Operations Officer’s Office, Storage Bays, Gymnasium, Configurable Rooms (4), Emergency Fusion Reactors|
|7||Aft Torpedo Launcher, Cargo Bay 3 (Upper), Main Deflector Assembly (Upper), Deflector Control, Material Replication, Transporter Rooms 3 + 4|
|8||Cargo Bay 3 (Lower), Main Deflector Assembly (Lower), Arboretum/Hydroponics Bay, Configurable Laboratories (2), Storage Bays, Waste Management|
|9||Landing Struts, Warp Core Ejection Hatch, Antimatter Injector, Antimatter Storage Pods, Forward Tractor Beam Emitter, Aft Tractor Beam Emitter|