The Praetor Pontilus was notable in that it was the first Romulan vessel to feature a cloaking device. While Romulans had been able to successfully cloak smaller objects, such as mines by the mid 22nd century, cloaking technology was still a new technology, and cloaking larger objects was problematic. The power requirements to cloak a ship were such that the Praetor Pontilus was unable to maintain its antimatter containment systems, and was destroyed in the process. (ENT episode: "Minefield"; ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)
After the loss of the Praetor Pontilus, it would be over a century until the Romulans were finally able to develop and deploy a cloaking device capable of cloaking a starship. (TOS episode: "Balance of Terror")
WizKids gives the name of this ship as the RIS Prateus in Star Trek Heroclix Tactics II.
|22nd century bird-of-prey starships|
|Brak'en • D'soria • D'tervik • Joran • Lubato • Maruccius • Mentenius • Munia • Narrocian • Opalius • Pesanius • Pola • Praetor Pontilus • Sapotius • Setro • Solus • Strato • Tovarek • Truntis • Velosh • Vrenek • unnamed 22nd century Romulan bird-of-prey starships|