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Romulan Shuttle

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Romulans
Class Name : Romulan Shuttle
Type : Long range warp shuttle1
Unit Run : Unknown; estimated 925 in service 2,114 built in total. 387 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : 2358 - present
Dimensions : Length : 24.23 m2
Beam : 15.98 m3
Height : 6.57 m3
Decks : 1
Mass : 142.311 metric tons (estimated)
Crew : 151
Armament : 61 x disruptor cannon1, total output 900 TeraWatts
21 x Micro photon torpedo tube1
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 40,500 TeraJoules
Light Duranium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Maximum Rated : 9.61
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 18
Torpedo Firepower : 25
Weapon Range and Accuracy : -
Shield Strength : 15
Hull Armour : 0.63
Speed : 1,000
Combat Manoeuvrability : 16,500
Overall Strength Index : 108
Diplomatic Capability : 1
Expected Hull Life : 15
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 0 years


This vessel has only recently been seen up close by the Federation, more because no serious effort has been put into learning about such a low priority craft than due to any great effort at secrecy on the part of the Romulans. The craft is approximately equal to a Federation Runabout in size and capability, although it is more biased toward long range transportation and so is considerably faster. The armament is on a par with the Danube class, with six Disruptors and a pair of photon torpedo tubes.4 One unusual feature of a vessel this size is the installation of a cloaking device.5

These vessels are not produced in anything like the same numbers as the Federation Runabouts, even accounting for the smaller Romulan fleet. This has lead to some speculation that the vessels suffer from an undisclosed design fault, perhaps in the warp drive system. A more likely answer is that relatively high warp capability of this model makes it too expensive to be worth producing in very large quantities, and it is likely that the Romulans operate slower classes of shuttles - perhaps variants on this one - to make up the difference.

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
2 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual Stated on page 172.
3 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
4 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual Page 172
5 DS9 6 In the Pale Moonlight
Book : Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Comment : Stated on page 172.
Book : Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Book : Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Comment : Page 172
Series : DS9 Season 6 (Disc 5)
Episode : In the Pale Moonlight


First seen in DS9's "In the Pale Moonlight", the Romulan shuttle appears to be around the size of the Federation Danube class. Most of the info comes from the DS9 Technical manual - the scale diagram on the page gives different sizes that the text, but it isn't a major difference so I've gone with what's written. The mass is rather high, but high speed warp coils could be much denser than those used in the Danube's to account for the difference.

As of the date below, we have had no further sightings of this craft.
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