«Last Updated on November 12, 2023 »
design by Morgan Donovan
Known Sphere Of Operation: Klingon & Triangle border
Data Reliability: C for both models
Major Data Source: Project Grey Ghost; Romulan Sector Intelligence
The Q-3 has the distinction of being one of the very few Romulan vessels produced outside the Romulan Empire. The class was part of a long-term contract with Freeman’s Port to produce vessels that could be sold or easily refit for Romulan use. Freeman Shipbuilding and Orinco both competed for the contract, with Orinco eventually winning the design bid. However Freeman won the contract to build the hulls and deliver them as quickly as possible.
The basic hull it self is clearly an Orion copy of a Klingon design. However, external appearance seem to be the only real Klingon influence on the design. Infernally, the Q-3 is ideal for quick installation of the required Romulan sub-systems making comissioning and fielding of this class quick and efficient.
The Type-1 and 2 are both fitted with eight beam weapon mounting points, with the Type-1 fitted with a larger torpedo bay. The Type-1 has four RP-1’s while the Type-2 would install two RP-3’s. The Q-3 does have room for up to 50 interdiction troops, most are observed with far fewer aboard. The Q-3 is also distinctive in it’s high warp capability, allowing it to intercept possible dangers well outside it’s assigned system.
However, the Q-3 does have several shortcomings. The shielding system was not originally designed to incorporate a cloaking device. Although the wave-guides could have been replaced, it is believed that this would have negated the cost-savings of sub-comtracting production. Star Fleet Intelligence believes that the Romulans were most likely dubious about sharing the necessary technical specs for thier improved cloaking device.
The Q-3 is also a shorter ranged vessel when compared to other warp capable ships. It is clear that the Q-3 is intended to remain in or near their assigned systems rather than conduct deep-space patrols.
Star Fleet has learned that the Q-3 is not longer being produced at Freeman’s Port. A total of 180 were completed and transferred to the Romulans. It is believed that each hull was fitted with it’s internal components in less that 10 days, making the Q-3 one of the fastest ships commissioned in known space.
Of the 180 built, 13 are believed to have been destroyed, 2 Type-2s were captured by the Klingons and 5 have been sold to elements in the Triangle. The remaining 160 are still in service through the Star Empire.
|Model Number —||Type-1||Type-2|
|Ship Class —||IV||IV|
|Date Entering Service —||2261||2268|
|Number Constructed —||75||105|
|Superstructure Points —||10||10|
|Damage Chart —||C||C|
|Length —||172 m m||172 m m|
|Width —||70.2 m m||70.2 m m|
|Height —||29.7 m m||29.7 m m|
|Weight —||37,913 mt||39,443 mt|
|Cargo Units —||14 SCU||14 SCU|
|Cargo Capacity —||7,700 mt||7,700 mt|
|Landing Capacity —||Yes||Yes|
|Control Computer Type —||R3M||R4M|
|Standard 9-person —||3||3|
|Emergency 20-person —||2||2|
|Cloaking Device Type —||RCB||RCB|
|Power Requirements —||10||10|
|Engines And Power Data:|
|Total Power Units Available —||23||25|
|Movement Point Ratio —||2/1||2/1|
|Warp Engine Type —||RWB-1||RWB-2|
|Power Units Available —||10 ea.||11 ea.|
|Stress Charts —||M/P||N/P|
|Max Safe Cruising Speed —||Warp 6||Warp 6|
|Emergency Speed —||Warp 7||Warp 7|
|Impulse Engine Type —||RIA-3||RIA-3|
|Power Units Available —||3||3|
|Weapons And Firing Data:|
|Beam Weapon Type —||RB-7||RB-7|
|Firing Arcs —||2 f/p/a, 2 f/s/a, 4 f||2 f/p/a, 2 f/s/a, 4 f|
|Firing Chart —||J||J|
|Maximum Power —||4||4|
|Torpedo Weapon Type —||RP-1||RP-3|
|Firing Arcs —||2 f, 2 a||2 f, 2 a|
|Firing Chart —||F||Q|
|Power to Arm —||1||1|
|Deflector Shield Type —||RSE||RSE|
|Shield Point Ratio —||1/2||1/2|
|Maximum Shield Power —||10||10|