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Join Date: Dec 2007
04-18-2010, 05:57 PM
The Defiant was the only one of its class that could cloak using a cloaking device borrowed from the Romulans. It was an agreement between them that the Federation would provide intelligence on The Dominion in exchange for the use of the cloak.
It was supposed to be part of the agreement that the Defiant wouldn't use it in the Alpha quadrant, but that was ignored several times.
The mentioned treaty was the Treaty of Algeron. This is referenced several times throughout Trek, with the TNG episode "The Pegasus" providing some detail on it - specifically, Picard accusing an Admiral of violating it by developing a phased cloak.