After several years of conflict with the Federation it became obvious to the Central Command that a new warship was needed to supplement the Galor Cruiser. The Galors fought well against the typically larger and heavier cruisers of the Federation Starfleet, but they were often unable to gain a numerical advantage in ships against the Federation. In some cases the smaller Federation frigates also got the better of the slow Galor Cruisers, picking them apart and picking apart weakened cruisers.
The Norin Light Cruiser is designed to be a smaller compliment to the Galor Cruiser. Both faster and more maneuverable than the Galor, the Norin can go toe-to-toe with enemy destroyers while providing fire support for larger cruisers. On its own the Norin is not the equal of enemy ships, but when grouped in pairs escorting cruiser squadrons they were found to be quite effective.