Template:ShipInfobox The Vas Hatham-class (translated from Romulan languages as Bird-of-Prey-class, and also referred to as the V8-class) was a type of Romulan bird-of-prey starship in the 23rd century. (RPG reference: Romulan Ship Recognition Manual)
The Bird-of-Prey was brought into service in the 2260s 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 the ships were successful, a single Bird-of-Prey was sent over the Neutral Zone to test the Federation's strengths. (ST reference: Ships of the Line)
The Bird-of-Prey is 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 are limiting factors on the ship's abilities as the ship's power core can 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).
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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. This is because the source giving Bird-of-Prey as a class name predates the later establishment in ENT episode: "Minefield" of Bird-of-Prey classes more than century earlier. The class name of Bird-of-Prey could therefore now be a continuity error.
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.
|Romulan birds-of-prey||2150s • late-2150s bird-of-prey • 22nd century • 23rd century (Kelvin timeline) • 24th century • T'varo • T'Liss • Vas Hatham • Temar Vastaram|
|Klingon birds-of-prey||22nd century • 2260s • 23rd century (Kelvin timeline) • M'Chla • B'rel • Chuq'Beh • D12 • D'Gavama • E4 • E6 • G2 • Khitomer • K'vort • QuD • Z'gavasta • Z'gavva • QulDun • Norgh • Ki'tang • Hegh'ta|