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

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)


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.

Bird-of-Prey classes
Romulan Birds-of-Prey 2150s22nd century24th centuryT'LissVas Hatham
Klingon Birds-of-Prey 22nd centuryB'relChuq'BehD12D'GavamaKhitomerK'vortQuDZ'gavastaZ'gavva
Romulan starship classes
Romulan language names AmarcanAmosarrAye MosaramBaydronCaladanComiliusD'delithamD'deridexD'dredarDelithamDelon VastamDeresusD'KazanakDraconariusD'renetD'retexD'ridrenD'valekD'virinD'VorixGalan StelriGolgarothGrafflerHathosIvarixLanoraLlaiir'DhaelMeretMogai ~ NorexanMoorabbinMandukamMorlasasi StelamMularrNarvasam'alNarvasam StelasNei'hrrN'renixOcala SindariPraexRalaaram OcalaRanajmarRas LovahR'daranR'derexReemeaRevastalR'tanShirekralS'ten VastamTakara MorlattaTalas MosarumTemar VastaramTemar VastariT'LissT'rasusUstalam StelasVadaso StelriVas HathamVas Hatham (scout) • Vas'calanamVas'delethamVas'kalabamVastagor LattamVastam Cl'vangasVelesVenatorVentarixVerelan VastarumVereleusVespin Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire.
Translated names (Akif) • AviaryBattlehawk • "Bird of Paradise" • Bird of PreyBird of Prey (scout) • CenturianCenturionBright OneComet of DestructionDeath TalonExecutionerFalconFree FlightFire SwarmGallant WingGraceful FlyerGreat DefenderGriffinGryphonHarpyHawkHeavy DefenderHunterImperial HawkImperium • (Kalath) • Kestrel • (K'hanakh) • (K't'inga) • LegionLittle NestNestarNight FlyerNightwingNovaPhoenixPraetorProtectorRaptorScimitarScorpionSenatorShadowShrikeShrike (fighter)SkyfireStar SeekerStargliderStarlifterStormbirdSwarmSwift Wing • (Taj) • Talon ~ ThetaVengeanceVigilant OneWar EagleWarhawkWhitewind ~ WhitewingWind CarrierWing of VengeanceWinged DefenderWings of Justice
Alphanumeric names B-type warbirdCS2 • (D7D7 AkifD7M) • E5F2H4H5I4I7J3J4J8 • (K3) • M4M8N8P2P3P12Q1Q4R4S3S4S-9S11T2T5T10ThetaV1V2V4V5V6V7V8V9V11 (D7)V20V27V30 ~ V31X3Z1
By time period or type 22nd century bird-of-prey2150s bird-of-prey23rd century bird-of-prey • Late 23rd century bird-of-prey • 2370s bird-of-prey • attack raptor • cargo ship • colony ship • construction ship • mining freighter • repair ship • science vessel

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