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Black Ops Soldiers (2) - The Thing (2002)

Arctic Marines' captain Blake is surrounded by Whitley's black ops unit, as seen in The Thing (2002).

Black Ops (short for black operations) was a covert American special forces unit which served under United States Arctic Marines Colonel, R.C. Whitley. Its operatives appear in the 2002 video-game The Thing.


The Black Ops unit is notable for assisting Colonel Whitley in the rescue of Dr. Shaun Faraday, the Chief Medical Researcher of biotechnology company, Gen Inc, from their overwhelmed and contaminated Pyron Sub Facility. After rescuing Faraday and capturing 'rouge' Arctic Marines' Captain Blake, they were then tasked by the infected Whitley to serve as the security force of Gen Inc's Strata Medical Laboratory and its nearby Military Outpost. Blake and his team fought their way through a battalion of hundreds of troops, finally succeeding in killing the mutated Whitley with the help of helicopter pilot, R.J. MacReady.


Black Ops troops utilize military-grade equipment; wearing sturdy body armor and gas masks, and wielding heavy weapons such as grenade launchers, shotguns, submachine guns, and flame-throwers.


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