One of Star Trek Online’s ever-present challenges is creating enough content for player captains to consume. With new featured episodes are few and far between, repeatable missions such as patrols do the heavy lifting of giving people things to do. Patrols are slightly more relaxed tours of a string of systems, sometimes eschewing combat in favor of investigation or light puzzles.
The first patrol revealed is called Sentinels: “A research facility on a small moon in the Donatu System is studying prototaxites stellaviatori. Deploy defense satellites to protect the unarmed facility from raiders.”