Richard Robau was a male Human Starfleet officer, serial number SA-476-2549-CM. He was born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba and was the commanding officer of the USS Kelvin in the early 23rd century. His first officer was George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk.


In the 2230s, Robau commanded the Kelvin with Lieutenant Commander George Kirk as his first officer. Robau led in the Federation's first contact with the Roylan people in 2230.

Alternate realityEdit

USS Kelvin engages the Narada

The Kelvin prepares to ram into the Narada

In the alternate reality created by Nero's temporal incursion in 2233, the Kelvin came under attack by the Romulan mining vessel Narada, immediately upon the Narada's emergence from a black hole. After the Narada inflicted heavy damage on the Kelvin, Ayel, Nero's second-in-command, ordered Robau to board a shuttlecraft and travel to the Narada for negotiations. Realizing that he had no choice but to comply, Robau placed Kirk in command, ordering him to evacuate the crew if he did not report in fifteen minutes. On the Narada, Robau was questioned by Ayel as to his familiarity with Ambassador Spock and the vessel Spock had been piloting. When Robau professed his unfamiliarity with Spock, Ayel demanded to know the current stardate. Upon learning that they had inadvertently become stranded 154 years in the past, Nero became infuriated, violently killed Robau with a bladed weapon in his possession, and immediately resumed the attack on the Kelvin.

After the Narada was disabled by the suicide run of the USS Kelvin, Nero ordered Xandr to throw Robau's body thrown into the replicator system so as not to let the body "go to waste." Before the destruction of the body, the Narada was captured by Kor's forces. Robau's corpse was taken by the Klingons for other unknown purposes.

Ambassador Spock's commentary about George Kirk's survival of serving on the Kelvin in the unchanged timeline indicates that Robau probably had a longer life in the unaltered chain of events as well.

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