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The USS Enterprise-D cloaking
in front of a Romulan warbird.

A cloaking device (or cloak) is a form of stealth technology.

It uses selective bending of light, and other forms of energy, to render a starship or other object completely invisible to the electromagnetic spectrum, and most sensors.

In order to function, a cloaking device needs to be tied into a ship's deflector shield grid.

Due to the enormous amount of power required to generate a cloaking field, there is usually not enough power available to also power the weapons and shields.

  • However, there have been several times when advances in cloaking technology have made this possible.