Cloaking device

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Because cloaking devices are integrated into a ship's 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]].
 
Because cloaking devices are integrated into a ship's 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]].
  
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: The Search for Spock]]'')
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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 is 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: The Search for Spock]]'')
  
 
Romulan officers do not consider their cloaking technology sufficient to bypass the prepared defenses at the Federation border (TNG, ''Face of the Enemy'').
 
Romulan officers do not consider their cloaking technology sufficient to bypass the prepared defenses at the Federation border (TNG, ''Face of the Enemy'').

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