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U.S.S.

The U.S.S. (Umbrella Security Service) was an elite special operations unit privately owned by the Umbrella Corporation. Its members reported directly to executives. As the company's so-called "private police", it was responsible protecting facilities and executives. It also took care of behind the scenes missions that needed to remain secret. Unlike the U.B.C.S. (Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service) which performed visible missions such as civilian rescue, the U.S.S. maintained secrecy and a small size. 1

History

The U.S.S. was based in Europe under the direct control of Umbrella Headquarters with agents based in many of the company's facilities throughout the world. Although security was its primary function, the unit was secretly charged with the recovery of corporate assets and extermination of transgressing targets to the company's interests, such as whistle-blowers or traitors.

Agents received six months of special anti-BC (Bio-Chemical) and anti-B.O.W. (Bio Organic Weapon) training on Rockfort Island. The unit's tactics and equipment were inspired by the British SAS (Special Air Service). Its agents were equipped with gas masks for tear-gas bombs and black flame-proof Nomex combat uniforms for intimidation. The unit's main firearm was the Heckler & Koch MP5 series. In addition, they were more heavily trained in indoor combat for battles in limited small places such as passenger planes or inside rooms. Agents also received high-quality antibodies against the t-virus.

Umbrella Plant 57 Incident (1980s)

In the 1980s, the U.S.S. was involved in the clean-up operation of Umbrella Plant 57 following an accident during testing of a new B.O.W., which caused the factory's destruction. Working alongside the government, the U.S.S. eliminated survivors and witnesses to the accident while decontaminating the area to erase any evidence of the accident or Umbrella's involvement.

Mansion Incident (1998)

In May 1998, U.S.S. agents were ordered to safeguard the Arklay Laboratory after a t-virus leak. Under the command of security chief Albert Wesker, they prevented personnel from leaving the facility with a strict shoot on sight policy. At the same time, other agents were assigned to the Reclamation Project at the executive training center. All agents involved in these operations were killed.

On July 23, under the command of Wesker and William Birkin, the U.S.S. Delta Team was sent to investigate the Ecliptic Express train in the Arklay Mountains after the annihilation of the second investigation unit on-board. After regaining control of the train and reporting the situation, the team was attacked and infected by the mutant Leech creatures and each member became a Zombie.

Raccoon City Destruction Incident (Sep. 1998)

On September 15, executive Christine Henry issued orders to HUNK to lead a U.S.S. squad consisting of two teams into Raccoon City in order to seize or destroy the G-virus and capture or kill William Birkin to prevent them from falling into the hands of the U.S. military.

On September 20, the team performed recon in the city sewers. Three days later, Bravo Team covered the sewer escape route while Alpha Team infiltrated the underground laboratory and detained Annette Birkin. Alpha Team shot William and recovered a case containing the t-virus and G-virus. However, Birkin injected himself with a G-virus sample on his person and transformed into a "G" creature. "G" pursued the team to the sewers and annihilated both teams. The only remaining survivors were HUNK and Miguel, who escaped with a head injury.

During the subsequent outbreak of the t-virus, a second U.S.S. squad led by Rodriguez was deployed into the city via helicopter in another attempt to recover the G-virus. The second squad managed to locate Miguel, but he was killed during another attempt to infiltrate the laboratory. Almost every member of the squad except Rodriguez died during the mission. Rodriguez decided to betray Umbrella and attempted to escape with the "Nyx" B.O.W. test subject, but failed. He successfully escaped the city via helicopter as the only survivor of the second squad. HUNK later escaped the city with a sample of the G-virus.

T-A.L.O.S. Interdiction Operation (Feb. 2003)

On February 18, 2003, all agents of the U.S.S. present at the Caucasus Laboratory in Southern Russia were killed or infected with the t-virus.

Footnotes

  1. 1. INSIDE OF BIOHAZARD THE DARKSIDE CHRONICLES (Page 184)