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The Romulan Ship Recognition Manual was a gaming guide used for Star Trek: The Role Playing Game by FASA. It showed designs and described the combat abilities for several Romulan ship types and gave brief histories for them. The ships were from the timeframes of Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek films. It contained many more designs than were contained in the original Starship Combat Manual.


From the book jacket
Classified – Authorized Personnel Only. The Romulan Ship Recognition Manual is intended for Star Fleet personnel with a "need to know" concerning information on the Romulan Star Navy. This comprehensive study discloses all known combat, visual and historical data on 40 different Federation ships and their variants. Also included is a chronology of service and silhouette recognition chart. This manual is a must for all Star Trek enthusiasts.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.


  • The role of Star Navy

Combat vesselsEdit

Troop transportEdit

  • M-4 (Wings of Justice)

Assault shipsEdit

  • M-8 (Nightwing)


  • Z-1 Nova Class


  • CS-2 (Graceful Flyer)


  • V-1 (Starglider)
  • V-2 (Hunter)
  • V-4 (Wing of Vengeance)
  • V-5 (Skyfire)
  • V-6 (Gallant Wing)
  • V-7 (Whitewind)
  • V-8 (Bird of Prey) (TOS: "Balance of Terror")
  • V-9 (Night Flyer)
  • V-11 (Stormbird)
  • V-20 (Star Seeker)
  • V-27 (Comet of Destruction)
  • V-30 (Winged Defender)


  • P-2 (Ranajmar)
  • P-3 (Caladan)
  • P-12 (Comilius)


  • T-2 (Death Talon)
  • T-5 (Fire Swarm)
  • T-10 (Bright One)


  • R-4 (Mularr)


  • N-8 (Mandukam)


  • Q-1 (Great Defender)
  • Q-4 (Protector)


Support vesselsEdit


  • J-4 (Baydron)
  • J-8 (Moorabbin)


  • I-7 (Vespin)
  • I-4 (Graffler)
  • J-3 (Starlifter)


  • H-4 (Praetor)
  • H-5 (Ras Lovah)

Repair vessels and facilitiesEdit


  • E-5 (Little Nest)

Repair facilitiesEdit

  • F-2 (Nestar)

Defense outpostsEdit

  • X-3 (Aviary)

Recognition silhouettesEdit

Time linesEdit

Background informationEdit

  • Two versions of the manual were released, each with the same "Second Edition"-based material. In both cases, the cover depicts a front half cutaway view Whitewind cruiser, while the opposite back covers continues the image with the back half cutaway view Whitewind cruiser. The first edition has only the words "ROMULAN SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL" printed in plain red block letters over the cruiser, while the second edition incorporates the same "framed" style as the 2nd Edition Federation and 'Romulan Ship Recognition Manuals.

Cover gallery Edit


Links and referencesEdit


Starship and station typesEdit

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