One of many WarShips to be disabled and abandoned or lost during the Star League era or the early Succession Wars, the Sovetskii Soyuz-class cruiser later known as the Vigilant Guardian was one of a number of ships recovered by the Word of Blake and restored to working order in secret.
The WoBS Vigilant Guardian was one of two Sovetskii Soyuz-class cruisers to serve in the Blakist fleet during the Jihad; prior to the Jihad, the Word of Blake was only known to be operating a small black water navy of some six WarShips, none of which were Sovetskii Soyuzes, but the Word of Blake had secretly recovered two Sovetskii Soyuzes from sites around the Inner Sphere such as the abandoned Star League Defense Force facility known as the Ruins of Gabriel and restored them to operational status. Those two Sovetskii Soyuzes were the Vigilant Guardian and her sister ship WoBS Stalwart Defender.
The Vigilant Guardian was last observed in the Les Halles system as part of a pack of five Blakist WarShips which conducted a brief raiding campaign against the Duchy of Oriente in 3079. As at mid-3081 the Vigilant Guardian remains unaccounted for. Her sister ship Stalwart Defender had been destroyed in the Nusakan system ten years earlier.
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 128, "Word of Blake Naval Assets"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 90, "Naval Assets and Militia Divisions"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 127, "Naval Assets"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 128, "Ships Not Accounted For"