A central power linkage linked power to vital areas on starships, including inertial dampeners and life support. It was a technology utilized by both Starfleet runabouts and Kobliad transport ships.

In 2369, Chief Miles O'Brien found that something had drained power from nearly every system on the runabout USS Ganges but could not find the cause. After Commander Benjamin Sisko suggested something may have been wrong with the ship's central power linkage, O'Brien told him that he had completed a level 1 diagnostic and had found nothing wrong with it. The power drain was later revealed to have been caused by an embryonic lifeform from the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: "Q-Less")

Later that year, the central power linkage on the Kobliad transport vessel the Reyab was destroyed after the criminal Rao Vantika started a fire while trying to escape. Ty Kajada then sent a distress call which was picked up by the USS Rio Grande. (DS9: "The Passenger")

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