Sunday, May 27, 2007

Romulan D'deridex Class Warbird

This intimidating warbird was first seen in Star Trek The Next Generation. It happened in 2364 when Captain Picard's Enterprise was called to investigate disturbances along the neutral zone. It was 53 years, seven months and eighteen days since last contact, in 2311 ( after the Tomed incident- Captain Kirk) was made with the pointy eared Vulcan offshoots.

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Meanwhile Dr Crusher is busy thawing out frozen humans who had snuffed it in the late 21st century, which Data thoughtfully salvaged earlier. When the sneaky Romulans do show up, they finally agree with Picard to work together and figure out whos been destroying their Outposts. "The Neutral Zone" is a good episode with some very funny lines. It also laid the groundwork necessary for many other story lines.

"Data why did you bring them back to the ship?" - Capt Picard

"It was either that or leave them there, sir." replies Data

"But Data they were already dead."- Capt Picard

"Yes sir, I see your point sir ." answers Data

"Well they're alive now. We're going to have to treat them as real living human beings!" - Picard

Patrick Steward did a great job here playing the unimpressed commander and the scene between himself and Brent Spiner is priceless. It makes me laugh every time. The captain gave no thanks to Data for saving three people from oblivion!

The Imperial Romulan Warbird, D'deridex class or type B is equipped with covert cloaking technology. Its almost twice the size of Captain Picard's Galaxy Class Federation Flagship Enterprise NCC 1701-D and is a formidable adversary in combat, developed approx 2345.

Its dangerous and virtually undetectable cloaking device is even more effective by cutting power and staying motionless in space. The Treaty of Algeron has kept the peace between the Federations (U.F.P) and Romulans for over 50 years. It forbids Starfleet from developing cloaking technology.

It is disputed that the D'deridex class warbird is more powerful than a klingon bird of prey. In the late 23rd century, during the Romulan/Klingon Alliance Romulans traded their precious cloaking technology for Klingon D-6 Raxor and D-7 Klolode battle cruisers. . The latest Romulan cloaking technology is superior however, to Klingon cloaks. Romulan cloaking technology remains undetectable to Klingon sensors, not surprising really considering Romulan Scientists created the Cloaking Device.

The Romulan ship has powerful firepower with aft and forward disruptor cannons, however these may not be fired when cloaked. Like the USS Enterprise NCC 1701, Romulans use photon torpedoes, but they prefer disruptors over phasers. All warbird shield protection is non functional when the ship is cloaked.

The power source of the warbird is a forced artificial quantum singularity, similar to a miniature black hole, unlike federation starships which rely on matter anti/matter cores for energy and warp propulsion.The menacing bird of war is fitted with a tractor beam and is always in a state of alert, ready for battle with charged disruptors.

The ship does not have separation capability or landing struts, nor is it highly manoeuvrable due to its bulk which measures 1200 meters in length. The warbird is warp capable with a top speed of just less than the federation's flagship. Lets hear it now, Aaaahhh, What a shame. All that spiffy technology. Captain Picard's Enterprise NCC 1701-D can out manoeuvre pointy eared space satans in their spooky green ships easily. So who's the best? Who's the best? Why the good guy is!! The Romulan crew quarters are located in the forward section of the Warbird as is the ship's Bridge, which has navigation, scanning and engineering stations. The nucleus of all the Romulan D'deridex Class activities.

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