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ArmA: Armed Assault
Marines from the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) consisted of the bulk of reinforcements deployed to the Kingdom of South Sahrani in 2006. They were to dispatched to relieve beleaguered U.S. Army/RACS forces being pushed back by the North's full-scale invasion.
Deployed in 2008 to the South Zagoria region of Chernarus at the request of the Chernarussian government-in-exile, the Corps' presence in the country consisted of the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) who operated from their lead ship the USS Khe Sanh (LHD-9), a Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship based in the Green Sea region.
A battalion of Force Reconnaissance Marines also supported the 2009 offensive, and scouted ahead of the MEU's main invasion against the region.
Their primary objective is to provide training, material, and manpower support to the Chernarussian government forces, who were being overwhelmed in a civil war fighting against an insurgency group calling itself the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ). They were to restore order to the wartorn region back into the hands of the legitimate government-in-exile.
At this time, the 27th was commanded by General David Armstrong, with other notable members being Carl Dressler, an officer from the Corps' Intelligence Activity (MCIA) divison, Force Recon commander Captain Shaftoe, as well as the four members of Force Recon callsign Razor Team.
ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead
As part of the UN-mandated, NATO-led Operation Arrowhead, Marines from both the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) and 9th Marine Expeditionary Unit (9th MEU) participated in the first phase of the deployment to Takistan.
The main ground elements from both MEUs were combined into Task Force Bishop. They were based in neighbouring Chernarus as well as off the south-eastern coast of Takistan from the USS Khe Sanh (LHD-9).
Events of Armed Assault (2006)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Armed Assault's 'Armed Assault' campaign.
Just as U.S. Army/RACS forces at the Paraiso International Airport were about to be overrun by the SLA, Harrier jets and Viper gunships from the 27th MEU arrive in the nick of time to destroy the bulk of their incoming enemy armour, blasting a hole in their lines and allowing allied forces to stage a successful breakout.
The MEU's Abrams MBTs were then shipped onto the shore, where they supported the ongoing breach.
However, the northern coast of Paraiso was still too heavily fortified even for the MEU's tanks to assault. USMC special forces, aided by their Army counterparts, infiltrated and sabotaged SLA anti-aircraft defences. Airstrikes then mopped up the rest, allowing their ground forces to proceed directly to Corazol and the other border cities. After two more days of fierce fighting, the South was fully liberated and control of its border was restored.
When evidence of Northern atrocities are discovered by Southern forces however, the MEU's priorities were reassigned. They were to support a retaliatory invasion of the North instead. The MEU carried out amphibious landings all across Northern shorelines, mainly invading the coastal cities of Mataredo and Hunapu.
By the end of the day the MEU's ground forces, supported by U.S. Army/RACS forces on other fronts, completely surrounded and eventually seized the Northern capital of Bagango. The capture of Northern leader Prime Minister Torrez, would set into motion a conclusion to the crisis on Sahrani, and also spelt the beginning of the end for the communist nation.
Events of the Rahmadi Conflict (2006)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Queen's Gambit 'Rahmadi Conflict' campaign.
Despite the routing of the SLA and impending dissolution of North Sahrani, remnants of the SLA successfully fled from mainland following Bagango's capture by allied forces. U.S. intelligence worked around the clock to discover the location of the remnants, who were eventually found hiding on the remote island of Rahmadi off the coast of the Sahrani mainland.
As an air assault was simply too risky to attempt, two special forces teams were dispatched under the cover of darkness to prepare for an amphibious assault in the early hours of June 17th instead. Both teams successfully sabotaged the coastal defences, and the 27th's ground elements were able to embark onto shore safely. They quickly established a field camp as they awaited for the sun to rise.
The camp eventually falls under attack by noon, though the SLA attackers are easily driven back. Further information comes in after the CIA "interrogates" Torrez, the former Northern leader informing them that he was not the actual leader of the country but rather former President Ramirez was. Ramirez was presumed to have died two years earlier, but he was in fact hiding on Rahmadi.
USMC special forces quickly raided the village in which he had been hiding in but he was nowhere to be found. An SLA officer captured at the site reveals that Ramirez had already fled on the eve of the invasion, and was now relocated to the island of Porto instead.
With no time left to spare and Ramirez planning to flee into hiding, everything came down to special forces fireteam callsign Nightwolf, who were the closest available unit that could chase down the rogue leader.
Upon landing, Nightwolf intercepts a radio message from Ramirez himself, who had ordered his elite bodyguards to carry out a massacre against Porto's citizens; all in the hopes of delaying the Marines. Fortunately, Nightwolf succeeds in putting a stop to Ramirez's men, and the former President himself is eventually captured by the Marines.
His capture spells an end to the flashpoint on Sahrani, and the last traces of the North are eliminated at long last.
Events of Operation Harvest Red (2009)
Under its new leader, Gregori Lopotev, a powerful insurgent group called the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ) executes the standing prime minister of Chernarus, Alexander Baranov, in retaliation for failed negotiations with the Russian government regarding the integration of Chernarus back into the Russian Federation.
Lopotev declares the nation to be the Chernarussian Socialistic Republic while the legitimate civilian government is forced into exile. An urgent meeting is called in the UN Security Council by the Russian Federation to discuss the state of the crisis gripping the ex-U.S.S.R. nation, and to authorise the deployment of Russian peacekeepers into the region.
Much to Moscow's ire, an American-led force is authorised instead as the 27th MEU is geared into action. Codenamed Operation Harvest Red, the MEU is tasked with the duty of preventing further civilian casualties in the ongoing fighting between ChDKZ and remnants of the CDF, as well as the elimination of all Chedaki forces in South Zagoria.
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 2's 'Operation Harvest Red' campaign.
Shortly before invasion starts, a USMC Force Recon fireteam codenamed Razor Team is deployed to a village on the outskirts of South Zagoria's capital Chernogorsk with the objective of destroying a Chedaki communications outpost. Along the way, the team discover incriminating evidence of Chedaki war crimes ranging from mass graves to the torture of the local villagers.
After liberating the village, neutralising their communications, and destroying many of their outposts guarding the coast, the full scale invasion begins. Alongside remnants of the CDF, the Marines of the 27th MEU successfully drive out the Chedaki garrisons in Chernogorsk, Elektrozavodsk, and all other major cities and towns in the southern half of the country.
Lopotev himself and his aide-de-camp are even captured during fighting, after a raid conducted by Razor Team manages to subdue and restrain them. Before they could be brought back to USMC/CDF lines however, a CDF officer turned double agent betrays the team and causes the death of Razor Team's leader, as well as allowing the two leaders to escape into hiding.
Despite the setback, joint USMC/CDF elements continue their push north with extensive counterinsurgency (COIN) operations to scour the region for remaining Chedaki insurgents.
After unsuccessfully tracing several bad leads on Lopotev's possible whereabouts, Razor Team finally manage to track down the position of Mikola Bardak, one of the escapees who initially managed to evade capture. Though Lopotev himself is nowhere to be found, Bardak is successfully prosecuted by U.S. forces and is brought back to the CDF for interrogation.
With Bardak in their custody and the southern half of the country liberated, the 27th MEU proceed northward to the regions bordering the Russian Federation to eradicate remaining Chedaki forces. A large ChDKZ base is eventually discovered and wiped out by U.S. forces, along with valuable intel on the possible location of Lopotev gained in the process.
In the meantime, an "alliance" is even (unofficially) struck between anti-Chedaki National Party (NAPA) guerrillas and Razor Team, though they are strongly distrusted by the locals who see the American presence as a hindrance rather than help.
However, a bitter turn of events is reached after news of a terrorist attack in the Russian capital; supposedly carried out by NAPA extremists, injures hundreds and causes the death of many Russian citizens. Denouncing their intervention as being reckless and poorly managed, the Russian Federation demands the removal of all U.S. forces from the region.
Against their better judgement, their UN-approved mandate is revoked and the 27th MEU is forced to stage a complete withdrawal from the country. Russian forces quickly assume their role as peacekeepers in the region and force the CDF to co-operate with them under the new conditions of their intervention.
Unknowingly however, the bombing was actually staged by a rogue Russian Spetsnaz agent called "Karelin", a pro-Chedaki fanatic who intended to force the re-integration of the Chernarussian nation back into folds of the Russian Federation.
Just as Razor Team are dispatched to retrieve intel from an informant's house, Karelin's forces engage and destroy the main USMC Forward Operating Base at Manhattan, with almost no survivors remaining aside from Sabre Team's leader who warns them of Russian involvement in his dying breath.
With all of the MEU's forces having long since evacuated from the country, Razor Team go into hiding with the help of NAPA guerrillas. They manage to reach CDF lines and under new orders from their captain, receive commands to conduct further black operations in the country to uncover the truth behind the bombing, as well as to bring Lopotev to justice; all the while hiding their presence from the scrutiny of the Russians.
With their covert assistance and leadership, Razor Team manage to help the CDF deliver significant blows against the Chedaki. A formal alliance is also reached with NAPA, who with the addition of evidence retrieved by Razor Team, are proven innocent of the Moscow bombing.
Their efforts eventually pay off as Lopotev is finally captured and brought to the Russians as further proof. With overwhelming hard evidence and the tide of politics against them, the UN Security Council unanimously approves the 27th MEU's redeployment into Chernarus as the Russians themselves are forced to withdraw.
Post-Operation Harvest Red
The Chernarussian civil war finally reaches a conclusive end with the help of the 27th MEU.
Peace to the wartorn region is achieved at long last, with Marines assisting in the reconstruction and stabilisation efforts to bring the country back to normality over the coming months.
All information regarding Razor Team's involvement is completely denied on public record, with the deaths of Russian soldiers simply being blamed on the mistakes of low-level commanders.
Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)
Following the Takistani government's refusal to back down from its threats to invade its neighbouring country Karzeghistan, the UN Security Council unanimously agrees to a military intervention to forcibly put a stop to the Takistani regime.
With the permission of the Chernarussian government, the ground elements from both the 9th and 27th MEU are formed into Task Force Bishop. They establish staging points on Chernarussian soil along the country's western border, and also position the USS Khe Sanh off the south-eastern coast of Takistan. The deadline eventually passes unheeded on June 1st, 2012, and coalition forces carry out a full-scale invasion.
TF Bishop's primary target was the capital city of Takmyr, as well as the coastal cities and settlements located on the country's eastern region. They seized Takistani government facilities and military installations, and eventually occupied the capital after several hours of fierce fighting. The USS Khe Sanh suffered light damage when Takistani gunboats swarmed the MEU's landing forces, but were quickly destroyed by a combination of USMC and British Royal Navy FAA airstrikes.
TF Bishop later assisted U.S. Army forces from Task Force Knight, as they prepared to attack the central regions of Takistan. They established forward observation bases near Takmyr, and set up FARPs for their aircraft to resupply from.
ArmA: Armed Assault
USMC reinforcements utilised the latest in American-made military hardware, gadgets, and opticalelectronic systems.
Almost every Marine is equipped with a set of night vision goggles and mainly wear the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) camouflaged in the Corps' arid version of the MARPAT camouflage pattern.
For ballistic safety, Marines wore coyote brown-coloured Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) vests for chest/torso protection and the Lightweight Helmet (LWH) for headgear, similarly camouflaged in MARPAT Desert.
The 27th MEU continues to wear both the MCCUU and Lightweight Helmets, though both are now concealed by the Corps' iconic digital woodland MARPAT camouflage as the latter is better suited for Chernarus' forested environment.
Unlike in Armed Assault, Marines now wear the modernised Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) for body armour, which are coloured in either coyote brown or camouflaged in MARPAT Woodland. Specialist and ammo bearer Marines on the other hand, carry Improved Load Bearing Equipment (ILBE) rucksacks and kitbags.
ArmA: Armed Assault
- In Armed Assault, USMC forces do not exist as a standalone faction. Rather, they are considered to be a sub-faction that is subordinate to the broader "U.S. Army" faction.
- The USMC sub-faction was not added until the release of Patch 1.14, which also included the Warfare mode.
- As a result, the in-game USMC faction is incorrectly depicted with using Army vehicles and aircraft like the Stryker IAV or the UH-60 Black Hawk. They are however, authentically portrayed wielding M16A4 assault rifles as their service weapon.
- During ArmA 2's Alpha stage of development, Marine units were shown wearing the exact same IBA vests as their predecessors in Armed Assault, and were merely retextured to suit Chernarus' woodland environment. By the game's release however, they were correctly remodelled to wear MTV plate carriers instead.
- TF Bishop's involvement in Operation Arrowhead is never depicted in-game as there are no desert Marine units (unlike in Armed Assault).
- Likewise, their occupation of Takymr is not shown in regular gameplay as the coastal regions of Takistan are not available as playable terrains. Information of their involvement was only made available through the campaign's intro news report, which details their involvement in the first phase of the operation.
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