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First edition cover

First edition cover
Author(s): Forest G. Brown with William John Wheeler
Illustrator(s): Dana Knutson
Editor(s): William John Wheeler
Publisher: FASA
Series: Star Trek: The Role-Playing Game
Production #: 2303
Published: 1985
Pages: 48
Reference: ISBN 0931787432

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 the original Star Trek series and movies. 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 vessels

Troop Transport

M-4 (Wings of Justice)

Assault ships

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)


S-3 (Free Flight)
S-4 (Swift Wing)
S-9 (Wind Carrier)
S-11 (Bird of Prey)

Support vessels


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 facilities


E-5 (Little Nest)

Repair facilities

F-2 (Nestar)

Defense outposts

X-3 (Aviary)

Recognition silhouettes

Time lines

Background information

  • 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 & Romulan Ship Recognition Manuals.

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