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The Romulan Star Navy, also known as the Romulan Imperial Fleet, Grand Fleet, or Romulan Imperial Star Navy, and commonly referred to as Imperial armada or space fleet was the space force of the Romulan Star Empire. The Star Navy operated fleets of warbirds, birds-of-prey and other starships and was often at the forefront of the Star Empire's contacts with the Klingon Empire, United Federation of Planets and other external affairs. (TLE novel: Serpents Among the Ruins, TOS novel: The Empty Chair, et al.)
- The Romulan military has no official canon name. The name "Romulan Star Navy" comes from usage in FASA RPG module: Romulan Ship Recognition Manual and Last Unicorn RPG module: The Way of D'era: The Romulan Star Empire. "Romulan Imperial Fleet" comes from the ST reference: Starship Spotter and the term "space force" was used to refer to the Romulan fleet by a Klingon in the TOS comic: "Alien Spotlight: Romulans". "Grand Fleet" comes from the Rihannsu series of TOS novels, while STO mission: "Uneasy Allies" refers to the organization first as the "Romulan Imperial Star Navy", which is truncated to "Star Navy" later in the mission. The star navy may exist as a branch of the larger Romulan military organisation, the Romulan Guard.
- See also Romulan history
During the Dominion War, the Imperial Fleet participated in the First Battle of Chin'toka, the Second Battle of Chin'toka, the Battle of Cardassia and many other encounters with the Dominion. The flagships of the Imperial Fleet included the IRW D'ridthau and the IRW Rovaran. (DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind", ST CCG)
In 2380, the Imperial Fleet was divided between those forces loyal to the new Praetor, Tal'Aura, and those loyal to Commander Donatra, commanding officer of the IRW Valdore. The segments of the Imperial Fleet loyal to Donatra later captured Achernar Prime and several other farming worlds, providing the military of the newly-declared Imperial Romulan State. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)
In the chaos following the Hobus supernova of 2387 the Star Navy was largely co-opted by the Tal Shiar, while many of its officers defected to the Romulan Republic. By 2410 few warbirds remained to the organization. (STO episode: "Vengeance"; STO mission: "Uneasy Allies")
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