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Norexan Class

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Romulans
Class Name : Norexan Class
Type : Warbird - general attack ship1
Unit Run :
Valdore1 - Active

Unknown; at least two in service as of 2378, including the Valdore.1
Commissioned : Unknown, but 2378 or earlier1
Dimensions : Length : 603.5 m2
Beam : 911.4 m2
Height : 94 m
Mass : Unknown
Crew : Unknown
Armament : 12 x Medium and heavy pulse disruptor cannon1, total output 55,000 TeraWatts
6 x S3 photon torpedo tube
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 3,240,000 TeraJoules
Heavy Duranium / Tritanium Double hull plus 8 cm High density armour.
High level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Maximum Rated : 9.95 for 10 hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 1,100
Torpedo Firepower : 3,750
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 1,100
Shield Strength : 1,200
Hull Armour : 1,200
Speed : 2,184
Combat Manoeuvrability : 3,700
Overall Strength Index : 1,930
Diplomatic Capability : Unknown
Expected Hull Life : Unknown


Relatively little is known about these ships - they certainly have photon torpedoes and disruptor weapons, they have cloaks and shields. Their sleek lines and relatively high performance suggests a recent design, possibly even within the last few months.

Two of these ships joined the Enterprise-E in battle against the Scimitar in an attempt to prevent Praetor Shinzon from using his Thalaron weapon against Earth. Both were disabled in short order, indicating that the Norexan class are not generally a match for the Sovereign class ship.1

Most probably, these ships are a result of the Dominion war. The Romulan D'Deridex did not fare especially well in the war despite its great size, and many predicted that the Romulans would move toward smaller, more sophisticated vessels in the future. Although the Scimitar itself seems to indicate that the Remans at least continue to pursue the idea of the "supership" concept, the Norexans indicate that the Romulan fleet has learned its lessons well.

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 Star Trek : Nemesis
2 Production drawing
Film: Star Trek : Nemesis
Source : Production drawing


The class name Norexan is not canonical, but has become widely accepted amongst fans after being listed in non-canon sources.

The sleek lines of the Norexan indicate a fast, modern ship. This is slightly reinforced by the movie Nemesis - the Romulan fleet commanders asked Shinzon how many warbirds he needed to attack Earth, indicating that many were available. Yet when they decide to stop the Scimitar, only two go to the rescue. So either those two had a mini-rebellion of their own, which seems unlikely given that Riker was on his way to Romulus just days or weeks later, or a large number headed off to the attack and the two Norexan class ships got there first. That would make them both fast and rare, which is what you would expect of a new design.

The ships didn't fare too well against the Scimitar, certainly not standing up to anything like as much punishment as the Enterprise-E did. I've rated their strengths accordingly.

The Norexans closely resemble scaled up Klingon Bird of Prey types, something the Scimitar also has a passing resemblance to. Since the Klingons and Romulans have been enemies for at least a couple of decades, a technology transfer seems unlikely. I wonder if the Romulans have some really good spies in the Klingon design centres instead?
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