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The Vas Hatham-class (translated from Romulan languages as Bird-of-Prey-class, and also referred to as the V8-class or T'liss-class[1]) was a type of Romulan bird-of-prey starship in the 23rd century. (FASA RPG module: Romulan Ship Recognition Manual)

Service history

A "T'liss"-class light warbird in 2409.

The Bird-of-Prey was brought into service in the 2260s decade as the Romulan Star Empire began its plans to re-establish itself as a major power after more than a century hiding behind its borders. After the first tests of two of these ships were successful, a single Bird-of-Prey was sent across the Neutral Zone to test the Federation's strengths. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)

The lone Bird-of-Prey successfully struck a number of Federation outposts before it was pursued by the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise, and eventually destroyed. (TOS episode: "Balance of Terror")

Plans from this class were used to create the more advanced Temar Vastaram class. (FASA RPG module: Romulan Ship Recognition Manual)

The Bird-of-Prey served throughout the rest of the 23rd century and final ships of the class were finally removed from service in the early 24th century. (ST reference: Starship Spotter)

The Romulans of the mirror universe also utilized vessels of this class, as Spock used the Tantalus Field to wipe out its crew and take the vessel to Starbase 10. (TOS novel: The Sorrows of Empire)

By the year 2409, the Vas Hatham-class had been redesignated as T'Liss-class light warbird. By that year, this type of bird-of-prey was considered an old design. Nevertheless it was still in use by the fledgling Romulan Republic as a light warship. (STO mission: "Flight from Virinat")

Technical specifications

The Bird-of-Prey was warp-capable and fitted with two innovative systems: a plasma torpedo weapon capable of massive destruction, and a revolutionary new cloaking device. However, the power demands of all these systems were limiting factors on the ship's abilities as the ship's power core could only produce enough power to use one of the three at a time. (TOS episode: "Balance of Terror")

This class of ship was later modified to carry conventional weapons such as disruptors and phasers. (TOS novel: My Enemy, My Ally)

Known vessels

Vas Hatham-class starships
Amie • (Bird of Prey) • (Bloodwing) • Brak'enDestrixD'soriaD'tervikElizsenGal Gath'thong ~ Tellus ~ NhorazzHmennaJoranKeterixKorvixLlemninLubatoMarucciusMenteniusMeronMuniaNarrocianNeirrhNexemOpaliusOrudainPeligiusPesaniusPola • (Raptor) • SapotiusSculexSetroSolusStratoSuranToravekTovarekTruntisT'velenVeliborVeloshVenkarVrenek Emblem of the Romulans.



These birds-of-prey were the only class of Romulan bird-of-prey that had the specific class name that translates as "bird-of-prey", even though these were not the first birds-of-prey of previous centuries.

If the Romulans name starship classes after the prototype ship, it is possible that the ChR Bird-of-Prey of Commander Julina in TOS novel: Black Fire is a candidate to have been the first ship of this line.


Bird-of-prey classes
Romulan birds-of-prey 2150slate-2150s bird-of-prey22nd century23rd century (Kelvin timeline)24th centuryT'varoT'LissVas HathamTemar Vastaram Romulan insignia image.
Reman birds-of-prey T'varo Romulan insignia image.
Klingon birds-of-prey 22nd century2260s23rd century (Kelvin timeline)M'ChlaB'relChuq'BehD12D'GavamaE4E6G2KhitomerK'vortQuDZ'gavastaZ'gavvaQulDunNorghKi'tangHegh'ta Klingon insignia image.
Romulan starship classes
Romulan language names AlocalaAmarcanAmosarrAye MosaramBaydronCaladanComiliusD'delithamD'deridexD'dredarDelithamDelon VastamDeresusD'gerokD'KazanakDraconariusD'renetD'retexD'ridrenD'seraD'serenD'tavanD'therosD'valekD'vangaD'viretD'virinD'VorixDhelanGalan StelriGanumGolgarothGrafflerHathosHorosIvarixKelkarrumKhnialKlivai Vang'radaiLanoraLlaihrLlaiir'DhaelMandukamMeretMogai ~ NorexanMoorabbinMorlasam Cl'vangasMorlasasi StelamMularrNarvasam'alNarvasam StelasNei'hrrNelvekNir'atN'renixOcala SindariPhaerosPraexPrelarRalaaram OcalaRalekRanajmarRas LovahR'daranR'derexRe'ravsamReemeaRevastalR'tanSerexSethenShirekralStelai'delethamS'ten VastamT'varoS'ten TalasamTakaanTakara MorlattaTalas MosarumTemar VastaramTemar VastariThalanTheronTirethiT'kairinT'kassanT'korexT'LissT'rasusT'varoUstalam StelasVadakVadaso StelriVas HathamVas Hatham (scout)Vas'delethamVas'kalabamVas'maklaramVas'rosvlaiVastagor LattamVastagor VastarumVastam Cl'vangasVastari SanalamVastemeVelesVenatorVentarixVeranalVercaalVerelan VastarumVereleusVespinVidianVithrelV'gerenV'gurinV'tanaV'tirValdore Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire.
Translated names (Akif) • Battlehawk • "Bird of Paradise" • Bird of PreyBird of Prey (scout)Centurion (cruiser)Bright OneComet of DestructionDeath TalonDeath FlyerDefender of StarsDreadnaughtEnhanced FireExecutionerExplosive AvengerFalconFree FlightFire SwarmGallant CarrierGallant WingGraceful FlyerGreat DefenderGriffinGryphonHarpyHawkHeavy DefenderHunterImperial HawkImperium • (Kalath) • Kestrel • (K'hanakh) • (K't'inga) • LegionLittle NestNestarNight FlyerNightwingNovaPhoenixPraetorPraetorianProtectorRaptorScimitarSenatorShadowShrieking BirdShrikeSilver BirdSkyfireSnipeStar SeekerStargliderStarlifterStormbirdSwarmSwift WingTalon ~ ThetaTraitorous EnemyUnbound BrotherVengeanceVigilant OneWar EagleWhitewind ~ WhitewingWind CarrierWing of DoomWing of VengeanceWinged DefenderWings of Justice
Alphanumeric names B-type warbirdCS2 • (D7D7 AkifD7M) • E5F2H4H5I4I7J2J3J4J8 • (K3) • M4M8N1N2N5N8P2P3P12Q1Q4R1R4S3S4S9S11T2T5T10ThetaU4U7U9U13U15U21V1V2V4V5V6V7V8V9V11 (D7)V20V27V30 ~ V31Z1
By time period or type biogenic transport22nd century bird-of-prey2150s bird-of-preylate-2150s bird-of-prey23rd century bird-of-preylate 23rd century bird-of-prey2370s bird-of-prey25th century bird-of-preyattack raptorbattlecruiser22nd century cargo ship24th century cargo shipcolony shipconstruction shipmining freighterrepair shipscience vessel

External link

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 STO - From the Ashes mission: "Explore the Flotilla".
  2. TOS episode: "Balance of Power".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 TOSC Issue 57: "Romulan Bird-of-Prey (2260s)".