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U.B.C.S.

The U.B.C.S. (Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service) was a professional special operations unit privately owned by the Umbrella Corporation as a component of its security department. Its main duty was to serve as "cleaners" in situations involving the company's illegal biological and chemical weapons, such as virus leaks. Its second function was as a corporate counter-terrorism measure. Additionally, the unit was also used at times to conduct performance analysis and collect combat effectiveness data on the various weapons developed by Umbrella. 1

History

The U.B.C.S. was founded in the 1990s by Umbrella executive and former Red Army Colonel Sergei Vladimir whose experience in military affairs made him instrumental in its establishment and operation. The unit was based in Europe under the direct command of Umbrella Headquarters and once contracted, all members received six months of special anti-BC (Bio-Chemical) and anti-B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapons) training on the Rockfort Island military training facility.

Unlike the U.S.S. (Umbrella Security Service), the unit had a public face. Its members were mercenaries under contract with the company, comprised of war criminals, political refugees and military experienced individuals that received sentences of capital punishment or life imprisonment and were coerced to join with acquittal as a bargaining point. Members of the unit who did not directly contact Umbrella and request to join were scouted from confinement by "mercenary coordinators." This method of employment ensured little ramifications in the event of a member's death in the field and allowed Umbrella to use members as disposable troops when needed.

Umbrella specialized in the sale of biological and chemical weapons to any nation or faction in the world able to afford them. Due to the volatile nature of such weapons, there was potential for accidents. Since the use of bio-chemical weapons was classified by nature, in such events it was difficult for a nation to utilize its own military to intervene. This was where the U.B.C.S. came into play. Both inside and outside of the company, the unit was responsible for neutralizing out of control "products", decontaminating affected areas and rescuing endangered civilians and VIPs, such as Umbrella employees or affiliates. 2

Since the unit's main duty of dispatch in biohazard outbreak areas was inherently dangerous, the unit faced an enormous amount of risk and suffered an extremely high mortality rate. Members were vaccinated with antibodies to withstand a certain level of t-virus infection. As many talented individuals with abundant military experience joined from the militaries among the former Communist bloc, the unit achieved significant success in the rescue and extraction of VIPs when sent into various danger zones. 3 4

Umbrella's weapons development was accompanied by many sacrifices, as a developmental B.O.W. could become uncontrollable during field tests killing and wounding R&D team researchers, and accidents damaging precious experiment equipment were frequent. After the U.B.C.S. was founded, damage caused by out of control B.O.W. accidents decreased in activity, but the sacrifices of U.B.C.S. members were serious. In a certain case, the B.O.W. "Tyrant" went out of control during an experiment and the U.B.C.S. squad that lucked out on suppressing it was completely annihilated. This was due to their weapons being conventional models used in military and law-enforcement organizations. Even though military assault rifles are anti-personnel, it was difficult to kill a B.O.W. with much higher vitality and athletic capabilities than a human. Therefore, the development of weapons for exclusive anti-B.O.W. use was greatly desired.

The opinions of several U.B.C.S. soldiers were instrumental in development of the "Umbrella Magnum Revolver" by Umbrella Industries, the weapons development subsidiary of the Umbrella Corporation. This gun was adopted through a number of evaluation tests and deployment began with high-priority posts such as the U.B.C.S. and B.O.W. research facilities, receiving high praise from cases of actual use. 5

Raccoon City Destruction Incident (1998)

On September 15, 1998, Umbrella Headquarters issued a dispatch order to the U.B.C.S. to rescue civilians of Raccoon City. The company prepared the U.B.C.S. as a trump card in the event that the U.S.S. failed to recover the G-virus. In their base in Europe, preparations and movement took time.

On September 26, all 120 members of the U.B.C.S. were deployed into Raccoon City. Although the unit made efforts toward civilian rescue, most members were killed by mutants. Video feeds of the unit rescuing civilians were leaked to the mass media by Umbrella to postpone the American government's destruction of the city. This tactic of promoting a "humane rescue mission" to the public succeeded and while most of the U.B.C.S. perished, enough valuable time was bought to allow surviving U.S.S. agent HUNK to recover a sample of the G-virus before the city was destroyed.

The only known survivor of the unit was its youngest soldier, Carlos Oliveira.

Organization and Structure

The U.B.C.S. was an unconventional and irregular unit with a total of 120 soldiers spread among four platoons, each commanded by a Captain. Each platoon consisted of four squads, each commanded by a Sergeant. Each squad consisted of two teams.

Alpha Platoon (30)
Bravo Platoon (30)
Charlie Platoon (30)
Delta Platoon (30)

A Squad (10)
B Squad (10)
C Squad (10)

Alpha Team (5)
Bravo Team (5)

Footnotes

  1. 1. U.B.C.S. Notes
  2. 2. Yasuhisa Kawamura Interview (Project Umbrella)
  3. 3. BIOHAZARD 3 LAST ESCAPE Official Guidebook - Fulfillment Of Her Escape
  4. 4. BIOHAZARD 3 LAST ESCAPE - Manual
  5. 5. Umbrella Magnum Revolver Development Story