The Romulan scout ship was a small scout ship used by the Romulan Star Empire during the latter half of the 24th century. The Romulan scout ship had the familiar "bird-of-prey" appearance that was shared with the much larger D'deridex-class warbird. This class of vessel was equipped with deflector shields, and rarely ventured out as far as the Romulan Neutral Zone. (TNG: "The Defector")
In 2366, the Romulan scout ship Pi crash-landed on Galorndon Core, inside Federation space, while conducting an unspecified covert mission. The Pi was destroyed with an ultritium explosive after the crash to prevent its capture by Starfleet. (TNG: "The Enemy")
A few weeks later, another scout ship was encountered crossing the Neutral Zone by its occupant, Admiral Jarok, who used his vessel to defect to the Federation. Following a pursuit across the Neutral Zone from a Romulan Warbird, Jarok, too, destroyed his ship to prevent its capture by Starfleet. (TNG: "The Defector")
Ships commissioned Edit
Unnamed, by pilot
Background information Edit
The Romulan scout ship, which was initially created for its single appearance in the episode "The Defector" and later modified as the Romulan science vessel in "The Next Phase". It was the last Romulan ship model built for Star Trek until the Romulan shuttle in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "In the Pale Moonlight". For more information on this studio model, see TNG studio models.
In Star Trek: Armada and its sequel, the Romulan scout ship was named as being of the Talon-class. Additionally, vessels of this type are listed in the Starships expansion volume of Decipher's Star Trek Roleplaying Game as Theta-class shuttle/surveyors. The Decipher Star Trek Customizable Card Game, however, refers to the class as the Lanora-class scout. None of these designations have been used on-screen, therefore they cannot be considered canon.