Cloaking device

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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")
 
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]]'')
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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]]'')
  
 
The performance characteristics of cloaking devices have changed over time.  For instance, the Klingon cloaking device in ST3 created a visible distortion effect when the ship was in motion, but it successfully hid the ship from all other forms of detection.  As seen in the TNG era and onward, the cloaking devices available to the Klingons and Romulans have grown much more sophisticated.  Klingons cloaks are so advanced that even when cloaking and decloaking within several kilometers of [[Deep Space Nine]], the sensor suites could not accurately track the Klingon vessels (DS9, "Way of the Warrior").  Romulan Warbirds were also able to approach the station completely unseen and decloak within several kilometers despite the station being at battle stations, a Klingon fleet and Federation vessels all within range and expecting a [[Dominion]] attack. (DS9, "By Inferno's Light")
 
The performance characteristics of cloaking devices have changed over time.  For instance, the Klingon cloaking device in ST3 created a visible distortion effect when the ship was in motion, but it successfully hid the ship from all other forms of detection.  As seen in the TNG era and onward, the cloaking devices available to the Klingons and Romulans have grown much more sophisticated.  Klingons cloaks are so advanced that even when cloaking and decloaking within several kilometers of [[Deep Space Nine]], the sensor suites could not accurately track the Klingon vessels (DS9, "Way of the Warrior").  Romulan Warbirds were also able to approach the station completely unseen and decloak within several kilometers despite the station being at battle stations, a Klingon fleet and Federation vessels all within range and expecting a [[Dominion]] attack. (DS9, "By Inferno's Light")

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