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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) was a type of Romulan bird-of-prey starship in the 23rd century. (FASA RPG module: Romulan Ship Recognition Manual; ST video game: Star Trek Online)
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)
By 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")
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")
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from the Real World
point of view.
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.
|Romulan birds-of-prey||2150s • late-2150s bird-of-prey • 22nd century • 23rd century (alternate reality) • 24th century • T'varo • T'Liss • Vas Hatham • Temar Vastaram|
|Klingon birds-of-prey||22nd century • 23rd century (alternate reality) • B'rel • Chuq'Beh • D12 • D'Gavama • E4 • E6 • G2 • Khitomer • K'vort • QuD • Z'gavasta • Z'gavva • Klingon bird-of-prey • QulDun • Norgh • Ki'tang • Hegh'ta|