Guardians of the Stars
- Era: Interstellar Space Era
- Manufacturer: Ares Corporation
- Government(s)/Organization(s): Colonies
- Type: Frigate
- Size: Small/Medium
- Crew: 60
- Speed: C+
- Cruise: 1.5G
- Max: 7G
- FTL: Commercial Linear Type 1M1 (0.5 ly/m)
- Agility: B-
- Endurance: C-
- Weapons: 3 Double-barreled Railgun Turrets, 2 Standard Missile Launchers (1-8 shots, 48 max)
- Defenses: None
- Sensors: C
The Dartmouth Frigate was built at the Ares shipyards during the Colony Rebellion. It follows the trend that will carry on into the next generation with smaller Frigates and the Dartmouth is roughly the size of the Rakshasa Frigate, but with lighter armaments. Instead of more guns the ship has the ability to carry and launch up to three fighters, turning a single frigate into a small multi-ship task force when needed. In that regard it is something of an escort carrier, however it has a far smaller crew than a escort carrier of it’s era and far less small craft. After the Colony Rebellion some became pirate vessels and the rest went into militia service as the SAN had no interest in them. Many in fact lost their fighter for a pair of shuttles during long stretches of relative peace.
Conditions for the crew are very crowded. It is the same size as the Rakshasa, though it is laid out differently, yet it has nearly twice the crew. Even most officers don’t have single person rooms with only the three senior officers having their own private quarters on ship. It has a very limited medical suite and a small mess hall.
It has a pair of double-barreled Railgun turrets and a pair of four tube standard missile launchers with six full reloads. It also has a nose flight bay for small craft. It has a single fusion torch drive for thrust.