Cloaking device

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The purpose of a cloak is to prevent detection before combat and when fleeing combat, and cloaking devices have been able to hide vessels from all but the most advanced scanners and tracking systems.  Cloaking devices are usually used for stealth, and their combat use is usually limited to moving into position for an ambush.  For example, the early cloaking device was a perfect supplement to the [[Romulan]] [[Plasma torpedo|plasma weapon]] allowing the [[Romulan Bird of Prey|Bird of Prey]] to approach as close as possible to deploy the limited-range weapon for maximum effectiveness.
 
The purpose of a cloak is to prevent detection before combat and when fleeing combat, and cloaking devices have been able to hide vessels from all but the most advanced scanners and tracking systems.  Cloaking devices are usually used for stealth, and their combat use is usually limited to moving into position for an ambush.  For example, the early cloaking device was a perfect supplement to the [[Romulan]] [[Plasma torpedo|plasma weapon]] allowing the [[Romulan Bird of Prey|Bird of Prey]] to approach as close as possible to deploy the limited-range weapon for maximum effectiveness.
  
The early cloaks were proprietary technology of the Romulans.  In the first recorded instance of military use of a cloaking device against a [[Starfleet]] vessel, the cloaked Romulan vessel was completely invisible to visible light and targeting scanners, but she could still be detected on motion sensors and was tracked in this manner by the ''[[Enterprise]]'' throughout the engagement near the [[Romulan Neutral Zone|Neutral Zone]].  This form of tracking proved poor for targeting and precision movement, forcing [[James T. Kirk|Captain Kirk]] to lay down a pattern of weapon fire in hopes of catching his target.  (TOS, "Balance of Terror")
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The early cloaks were proprietary technology of the Romulans.  In the first recorded instance of military use of a cloaking device against a [[Starfleet]] vessel, the cloaked Romulan vessel was completely invisible to visible light and targeting scanners, but she could still be detected with subspace motion sensors and was tracked in this manner by the ''[[Enterprise]]'' throughout the engagement near the [[Romulan Neutral Zone|Neutral Zone]].  This form of tracking proved poor for targeting and precision movement, forcing [[James T. Kirk|Captain Kirk]] to lay down a pattern of weapon fire in hopes of catching his target.  (TOS, "Balance of Terror")
  
 
Later on as part of an ongoing technology-sharing program, the [[Klingon]]s gained the cloaking device and Romulans abandoned their existing warbird design in favor of Klingon vessels like the D-7 (TOS, "The Enterprise Incident").  Klingons began using cloaking devices on their own [[Klingon Bird of Prey|Bird of Prey]] designs, as seen in the [[Genesis Device|Genesis]] incident when Kruge's Bird of Prey penetrated deep into [[Federation]] space destroying the USS Grissom and ambushing the Enterprise utilizing the cloaking device. (''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock]]'')
 
Later on as part of an ongoing technology-sharing program, the [[Klingon]]s gained the cloaking device and Romulans abandoned their existing warbird design in favor of Klingon vessels like the D-7 (TOS, "The Enterprise Incident").  Klingons began using cloaking devices on their own [[Klingon Bird of Prey|Bird of Prey]] designs, as seen in the [[Genesis Device|Genesis]] incident when Kruge's Bird of Prey penetrated deep into [[Federation]] space destroying the USS Grissom and ambushing the Enterprise utilizing the cloaking device. (''[[Star Trek III: The Search for Spock]]'')

Revision as of 18:13, 8 August 2011

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