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[[image:cloakedbop.jpg|thumb|A cloaked Bird of Prey visible to the naked eye]]
 
[[image:cloakedbop.jpg|thumb|A cloaked Bird of Prey visible to the naked eye]]
  
In general, depending on their power sources, cloaked vessels are not shielded. Cloaking and decloaking generally creates a window of vulnerability, exploited by Riker in ''[[Star Trek: Generations]]'' to destroy a Klingon Bird of Prey.
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Cloaking devices have high power requirements.  Consequently, depending on their power sources, cloaked vessels are usually weakly shielded, if shielded at all. Similarly, cloaked ships have relatively little power available for their weapon systems.
  
The initial Romulan cloaking device was extremely power intensive and nearly drained the power reserves of the Bird of Prey during its battle with the ''Enterprise'' in "Balance of Terror".  One can speculate that the primary reason a cloaked vessel cannot fire while cloaked may be because too much power is required for maintaining the cloak to properly power the weapons systems.  This is hinted at when Captain Kruge warns his ship's gunner to transfer power to the weapons "at my command," perhaps concerned that power would be transfered too soon, thus compromising the cloak. (''[[Star Trek III: Search for Spock]]'')
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Because cloaking devices generally interact with a ships shield systems, cloaking and decloaking usually creates a window of vulnerability in which shields are not functional; Commander Riker exploited such a weakness in ''[[Star Trek: Generations]]'' to destroy a [[Klingon Bird of Prey]].
  
Romulan officers do not consider the cloaking technology sufficient to bypass the prepared defenses at the Federation border (TNG, ''Face of the Enemy'').
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The initial Romulan cloaking device was so power intensive that it nearly drained the energy reserves of the [[Romulan Bird of Prey]] during its battle with the ''Enterprise'' in "Balance of Terror".  One can speculate that the primary reason a cloaked vessel cannot fire while cloaked its that too much power is required for maintaining the cloak to properly power the weapons systems.  This is hinted at when Captain Kruge warns his ship's gunner to transfer power to the weapons "at my command," perhaps concerned that power would be transfered too soon, thus compromising the cloak. (''[[Star Trek III: Search for Spock]]'')
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Romulan officers do not consider their cloaking technology sufficient to bypass the prepared defenses at the Federation border (TNG, ''Face of the Enemy'').
  
 
A cloaking device can be defeated using a [[tachyon net]]; a cloaked ship trying to pass through the net will still interrupt one of the tachyon beams being transmitted among the ships participating in the net, revealing its location.
 
A cloaking device can be defeated using a [[tachyon net]]; a cloaked ship trying to pass through the net will still interrupt one of the tachyon beams being transmitted among the ships participating in the net, revealing its location.
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The ''Scimitar'' in ''[[Star Trek: Nemesis]]'' was shielded while cloaked. Worf was eventually able to target the [[Scimitar]] based on weapons fire and disable its cloak.
 
The ''Scimitar'' in ''[[Star Trek: Nemesis]]'' was shielded while cloaked. Worf was eventually able to target the [[Scimitar]] based on weapons fire and disable its cloak.
  
In certain rare instances, cloaked vessels can be spotted by the naked eye, such as in ''Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,'' or the external visuals in ''Star Trek: Nemesis.''
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In certain rare instances, cloaked vessels have been spotted by the naked eye, such as in ''Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,'' or the external visuals in ''Star Trek: Nemesis.''
  
 
==Cloaking Devices in ''Star Wars''==
 
==Cloaking Devices in ''Star Wars''==

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