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Romulan Science ship

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Romulans
Class Name : Romulan Science ship
Type : Technology test bed and research vessel1
Unit Run :
Pi - Active
plus 1,049 others built in total. 750 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : 2361 - present
Dimensions : Length : 106 m2
Beam : 94 m
Height : 15 m
Decks : 2
Mass : 57,000 metric tons
Crew : Approximately 100
Armament : 2 x Light disruptor cannon, total output 1,000 TeraWatts
1 x S2 photon torpedo tube with 25 rounds
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 67,500 TeraJoules
Standard Duranium / Tritanium Single hull plus 2 cm High density armour.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Normal Cruise : 6
Maximum Cruise : 7.8
Maximum Rated : 8.6 for 12 hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 20
Torpedo Firepower : 62.5
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 20
Shield Strength : 25
Hull Armour : 212.5
Speed : 680
Combat Manoeuvrability : 11,240
Overall Strength Index : 113
Diplomatic Capability : None
Expected Hull Life : 30
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 5 years


As with most Romulan vessels, little is known about the Romulan Science
ship. They are apparently a development of the Scout ship that the Romulans
fielded in 2358, and are believed to have very similar performance characteristics.
The basic hull design is identical, but the forward and aft ends have been radically
altered. The entire forward hull has been redesigned, and a large semi-circular
module has been added to the aft. Some detail of the forward section was gained
when the Enterprise-D lent aid to one of these vessels in 2368. The forward
section was found to contain the ships engineering spaces and warp core. The
ship was found to be equipped with a phased cloak device, which in theory would
allow the ship to pass through normal matter whilst cloaked. This technology
was tested by the Klingons some years ago, and found to be highly unstable and
dangerous. Presumably the Romulans found some of the same difficulties.1

The aft section probably contains a variety of sensor and scanner devices, and
the main body presumably contains science laboratories and other such areas.

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 TNG 5 The Next Phase
2 Speculative Scaled to the Romulan scout ship.
Series : TNG Season 5 (Disc 5)
Episode : The Next Phase
Source : Speculative
Comment : Scaled to the Romulan scout ship.


This ship was seen in the TNG episode "The Next Phase", and is a variant of
the model used for the scout seen in "The Defector". The number for
the crew is based on their being 73 Romulans trapped on board the ship; adding
the few alive in the engineering room and assuming some casualties, 100 seems
about right. Otherwise the specs are based loosely aorund the Scoutship.
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