A displacement wave gaining on the USS Voyager

Display of a displacement wave behind the Val Jean

A displacement wave is an artificially generated, highly energetic phenomenon, characterized as a polarized magnetic variation.

In the year 2267, a form of displacement wave was detected when the USS Enterprise was approaching and then in orbit around the Guardian of Forever planet. Commander Spock reported to Captain James T. Kirk that their ship was passing through ripples in time. Kirk then ordered Lieutenant Uhura to report to Starfleet Command that something or someone down on that planet was causing turbulent waves of space displacement. When Kirk asked Spock again about whether the Enterprise should stay in orbit to investigate, Spock told Kirk that it was of very huge scientific importance that they maintain orbit to study the waves. As the landing party would soon discover, the waves were caused by the Guardian of Forever, a time portal–like device that refused to answer Kirk's question as to whether it was a being or a machine. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")

In 2371, more than a century later a highly advanced alien being known as the Caretaker used his technology to generate a displacement wave in order to transport several ships to his location in the Delta Quadrant. He transported these ships in a desperate attempt to find a lifeform genetically compatible with himself, in order to procreate to produce an offspring capable of continuing his mission of caring for the Ocampa. Among the vessels transported to the Delta Quadrant were Chakotay's Maquis ship, the Val Jean; the USS Voyager; the USS Equinox; a Cardassian Galor-class vessel; and the Dreadnought missile. (VOY: "Caretaker", "Dreadnought", "The Voyager Conspiracy", "Equinox")

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