Cloaking device

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The purpose of cloak is to obscure visual identification. Later versions of the cloaking device have been able to cloak vessels from all but the most advanced scanners and tracking systems.  Cloaking devices have been usually used for stealth and its combat uses are limited usually to ambush tactics.  For example the early cloaking device was a perfect supplement to the Romulan plasma weapon allowing the Bird of Prey to approach as close as possible to deploy the limited range weapon for maximum effectiveness.
 
The purpose of cloak is to obscure visual identification. Later versions of the cloaking device have been able to cloak vessels from all but the most advanced scanners and tracking systems.  Cloaking devices have been usually used for stealth and its combat uses are limited usually to ambush tactics.  For example the early cloaking device was a perfect supplement to the Romulan plasma weapon allowing the Bird of Prey to approach as close as possible to deploy the limited range weapon for maximum effectiveness.
  
The early development cloaks available were solely the propietary technology of the Romulans.  In the first recorded instance of militarty use of a cloakign device against a Starfleet vessel the Romulan cloaking device was completely invisible to visible light and standard optical scanners however she could still register on motion sensors and was tracked in this manner by the Enterprise throughout the engagement near the neutral zone.  However this form of tracking proved inefficient in terms of targeting and precision movement, forcing Kirk to lay down a pattern of blind torpedo fire in a similar manner that surface vessels used depth charges against submarines.  ("Balance of Terror")
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The early development cloaks available were solely the proprietary technology of the Romulans.  In the first recorded instance of military use of a cloaking device against a Starfleet vessel the Romulan cloaking device was completely invisible to visible light and standard optical scanners however she could still register on motion sensors and was tracked in this manner by the Enterprise throughout the engagement near the neutral zone.  However this form of tracking proved inefficient in terms of targeting and precision movement, forcing Kirk to lay down a pattern of blind torpedo fire in a similar manner that surface vessels used depth charges against submarines.  ("Balance of Terror")
  
 
Later on as part of an ongoing technology sharing program Klingons gained the cloaking device and Romulans abandoned the current warbird design in favor of Klingon vessels like the D-7 ("Enterprise Incident")  Klingons were using cloaking devices on their own Bird of Prey designs as seen in the 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: Search for Spock") It is interesting to note that the Klingon cloaking device was visible to normal vision at some distances especially when in motion, leading to speculation that such an obviously inferior cloak to the one the Romulans were using nearly 20 years earlier indicated either a malfunctioning cloak or perhaps this was a first generation cloaking device of Klingon design and manufacture since the technology sharing treaty with the Romulans was presumably over by this point in time.
 
Later on as part of an ongoing technology sharing program Klingons gained the cloaking device and Romulans abandoned the current warbird design in favor of Klingon vessels like the D-7 ("Enterprise Incident")  Klingons were using cloaking devices on their own Bird of Prey designs as seen in the 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: Search for Spock") It is interesting to note that the Klingon cloaking device was visible to normal vision at some distances especially when in motion, leading to speculation that such an obviously inferior cloak to the one the Romulans were using nearly 20 years earlier indicated either a malfunctioning cloak or perhaps this was a first generation cloaking device of Klingon design and manufacture since the technology sharing treaty with the Romulans was presumably over by this point in time.
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One of the most recent evolutions of the Cloak's design was seen twice, once by Klingon design and another by the Romulans.  General Chang of the Klingon Empire utilized a Bird of Prey that could fire while cloaked, a notorious Achilles heel of the standard cloaking device.  This Bird of Prey was destroyed over Khitomer and was the only functioning proto-type.  We have never seen a Klingon cloaked ship accomplish this again.  The cloaking device used on the Scimitar also allowed the vessel to fire cloaked and was used with devastating effectiveness against the Enterprise-E.  This would be the natural progression of the device should greater enhancements be made in the future.
 
One of the most recent evolutions of the Cloak's design was seen twice, once by Klingon design and another by the Romulans.  General Chang of the Klingon Empire utilized a Bird of Prey that could fire while cloaked, a notorious Achilles heel of the standard cloaking device.  This Bird of Prey was destroyed over Khitomer and was the only functioning proto-type.  We have never seen a Klingon cloaked ship accomplish this again.  The cloaking device used on the Scimitar also allowed the vessel to fire cloaked and was used with devastating effectiveness against the Enterprise-E.  This would be the natural progression of the device should greater enhancements be made in the future.
  
The Federation is banned from developing cloaking devices in the Treaty of Algeron with the Romulan Empire.  How this could have been imposed on the Federation and why the Federation has hamstrung itself by not developing this technology is amazing and practically unbelievable.  Also the Federation did produce one illegal cloaking device - one that is a quantum leap ahead of anything produced by either the Romulans or the Klingons - a phase cloak that allows a vessel to pass through solid matter.
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The Federation is banned from developing cloaking devices in the Treaty of Algeron with the Romulan Empire.  How this could have been imposed on the Federation and why the Federation has hamstrung itself by not developing this technology is amazing and practically unbelievable.  Also the Federation did produce one illegal cloaking device - one that is a quantum leap ahead of anything produced by either the Romulans or the Klingons - a phase cloak that allows a vessel to pass through solid matter.
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