This article, Sentinel-class Anti-Aircraft Cruiser, was written by Ajax 013. Please do not edit this fiction without the writer's permission.
"Without carrier coverage, our cruisers were proving far too vulnerable to swarms of Covenant fighters. We rolled out the Sentinel without any fanfare or publication, and had a nice chuckle to ourselves as Covenant fighter attacks on cruisers got a very nasty shock."
Built to protect, the Sentinel-class Anti-Aircraft Cruiser is a dedicated support cruiser, providing sweeping anti-air coverage to the vessels that fall under its protective aegis. Armed with fast firing Dual Purpose Guns (DP Guns) designed to be used against both fighters and warships, it can provide support to both cruiser squadrons, and convoy escorts. It still has a nominal armament as a warship, allowing it to square off against lighter Covenant capital ships. Its main purpose is nonetheless the destruction of enemy fighters, providing accurate anti-air fire at longer ranges than any other UNSC design thus far. It also carries advanced electronic warfare tools, intended to further deter and hamper attacks on ships under its protection.