«Last Updated on November 12, 2023 »
design by Morgan Donovan
Known Sphere Of Operation: Empire-wide use
Data Reliability: B
Major Data Source: Romulan Sector Intelligence
While the Romulans have never fielded a true equivalent to the Federation or Klingon frigate, the M-10 Sand Serpent is by far the closest version that the Empire has yet fielded. However, the class is something of an enigma, seemingly never fitting any one mission profile fully.
The class is named for the Khaa Jhlmn, a snake found in the more arid regions of Ch’Havran. Short, thick-bodied and having a wide head, the serpent’s venom is potent and often fatal. The design of the M-10 clearly hoped to emulate the Khaa Jhlmn by creating a vessel with a powerful first strike capability. The M-10 has a quick-charging plasma weapon as the heart of it’s offensive system. The impressive plasma system, however, comes at the cost of sub-par disruptors and a single aft-firing torpedo tube. Further, reported encounters also indicate that the vessel suffers from a lack of tactical maneuverability and somewhat weak shielding compared to other vessels of the era.
The M-10 does seem to compensate for its less efficient shields with above-average hull plating. The general consensus of opinion among Federation analysts is that the class is best suited as a first strike platform, which has forced Starfleet Intelligence to keep as close an eye as possible on its deployment.
The Type-1 was considered under powered for it’s main mission, with a number of similar-sized classes known for being far more powerful and maneuverable. The Type-1 also had an inexplicably large cargo hold. After action reports showed that the M-10’s troops were specialized in ship-to-ship boarding actions and were rarely seen in ground combat. This further enhanced the ships reputation as more of a frigate than an assault ship. The RPL-3 combined with the ships cloaking device did allow the M-10 to strike first, but subsequent engagements often required supporting ships to ensure victory.
The Type-2 attempted to address some of the shortcomings of the M-10 with a more powerful impulse drive and an improved torpedo system. The new engine did little to improve the ship’s overall maneuverability, though adversaries quickly learned to give the Type-2’s aft quarter a wider berth. Ultimately, in order to be effective, the M-10 was forced to operate in squadrons of three or four vessels, reducing the overall number of potential deployments.
Romulan Sector Intelligence estimates that approximately 55 were built between 2288 and 2307, when construction was apparently discontinued. The class was retired and placed in reserve fleets sometime after 2318. Starfleet Intelligence remained as vigilant as possible after the Tomed Incident, fearful that any change in the status of the M-10s could signal an impending escalation of the Romulan Star Empire’s treat status. There have been reports that a number of there ships were reactivated during the Dominion War and used to patrol the interior of the Empire. Neither Star Fleet of Klingon Intelligence has confirmed this; however, sources do state that all known existing hulls are present in reserve fleet yards within the Empire.
Of the 55 M-10’s built, one Type-1 and one Type-2 have been destroyed. One Type-2 was scrapped after an encounter with Klingon forces. Twenty Type-1’s were converted to Type-2’s. Currently, five Type-1’s and 42 Type-2’s are in reserve fleets. Five Type-1’s were sold to the civil sector, most of which are still in operation.
Although Starfleet lists the M-10 by its Romulan designation, it is known informally as the “Adder”.
|Ship Class –||IX||IX|
|Date Entering Service –||2288||2295|
|Number Constructed –||31||24|
|Superstructure Points –||28||28|
|Damage Chart –||B||B|
|Length –||136 m||136 m|
|Width –||241 m||241 m|
|Height –||24 m||24 m|
|Weight –||131,570 mt||132,900 mt|
|Total SCU –||650 SCU||650 SCU|
|Cargo Capacity –||32,500 mt||32,500 mt|
|Landing Capacity –||None||None|
|Control Computer Type –||R5M||R5M-1|
|Standard 9-person –||4||4|
|Combat 20-person –||3||3|
|Cloaking Device Type –||RCC||RCC|
|Power Requirement –||15||15|
|Engines And Power Data:|
|Total Power Units Available –||39||46|
|Movement Point Ratio –||4/1||4/1|
|Warp Engine Type –||RWE-2||RWE-2|
|Power Units Available –||17 ea.||17 ea.|
|Stress Chart –||I/L||I/L|
|Max Safe Cruising Speed –||Warp 7||Warp 7|
|Emergency Speed –||Warp 8||Warp 8|
|Impulse Engine Type –||RIC-3||RID-3|
|Power Units Available –||5||12|
|Weapons And Firing Data:|
|Beam Weapon Type –||RB-8||RB-6|
|Firing Arcs –||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 1 p/a/s||2 f/p, 2 f/s, 1 p/a/s|
|Firing Chart –||N||T|
|Maximum Power –||6||6|
|Torpedo Weapon Type –||RPL-3||RPL-4|
|Firing Arcs –||1 f||1 f|
|Firing Chart –||T||T|
|Power to Arm –||8||12|
|Torpedo Weapon Type –||RP-3||RP-5|
|Firing Arcs –||1 a||1 a|
|Firing Chart –||Q||R|
|Power to Arm –||1||1|
|Deflector Shield Type –||RSN||RSP|
|Shield Point Ratio –||1/2||1/3|
|Maximum Shield Power –||15||18|