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Office of Naval Intelligence

Unknown, probably after 2164


United Nations Space Command




Intelligence Service


To provide intelligence for Naval forces.


Semper Vigilans (Always Vigilant)[1]


Vice Admiral Margaret O. Parangosky

The Office of Naval Intelligence, acronym ONI (pronounced as /oʊni/), is the intelligence service of the UNSC Navy. Its formal name is the UNSC Military Intelligence Division.[2]



The Office of Naval Intelligence is a division of the UNSC Navy that is responsible for UNSC SIGINT [signals intelligence], HUMINT [human intelligence], counter-espionage and propaganda.

Although it is under the jurisdiction of the Navy, ONI appears to report directly to HIGHCOM. It is responsible for intelligence matters across the UNSC. As such, ONI employs members of other military branches, and even civilians, to complete the Division's shadowy work.

Many of its functions and subdivisions, like the Beta-5 Division and the SPARTAN-III Program, are enigmatic, and its personnel are regarded as mysteries by mainstream naval officers. ONI personnel, especially officers, are often referred to as "spooks". Agents appear to enjoy significant latitude in the discharge of their duties, often violating moral boundaries or acquiring vast amounts of UNSC resources to achieve their ends.


Pre-Halo 3:ODST ONI symbol.

The Office of Naval Intelligence often operates independently of other UNSC branches. At times it contravenes the law and UNSC protocol to complete top-secret missions. It appears to have an unusually large amount of military equipment for an intelligence service, and has a strong fleet presence. The Office of Naval Intelligence possesses a 'destroyer'-class prowler Starship, the UNSC Point of No Return, which is used as a command vessel and a secure conference location. ONI also maintains the UNSC's Prowler fleet, a major source of Covenant deployment intelligence, under the auspices of the UNSC Prowler Corps. ONI also manages field intelligence with units such as ONI Recon 111 liaising with mainstream UNSC military units.[3]

Intra-ONI dynamics are often strained with intense competition amongst its own personnel. Agents operate under heavy scrutiny with mistakes often leading to demotion or termination of employment.



Section Zero

The most secretive section, Section Zero's existence is not general knowledge outside ONI. Details of its role and operations are limited. Based on the records of an AI named Melissa, it is thought to be ONI Internal Affairs, charged with rooting out and eliminating illegal programs.[4] It is very discreet in its work. The true nature and activities of Section Zero are highly classified and unknown outside the ONI command hierarchy. Zero is, essentially, an internal investigations division that polices other ONI activities. [5]

This section has gained notoriety as the section that keeps and maintains sealed SPARTAN-I Program file archives, including Avery Johnson's. As Internal Affairs it enforces the rules and ensures standards are met. It is authorized to use lethal force in the course of its operations.

Section I

Section One is the main branch of ONI and the branch most often utilized by the UNSC. Information released by Section I includes evacuation notices for colony worlds and Covenant force deployments. [6]

Section II

A civilian contractor works with Section II to make battlefield imagery look less intimidating.

The propaganda branch of ONI. It handles communication between colonies to reduce the spread of rumors and information that would damage morale.[7] It was responsible for releasing details of the SPARTAN-II program to the public to boost morale throughout the UNSC.[8] Once information about the Spartans was released to the public, Section II had to maintain the Spartans' near-mythical status within the military by listing those killed in action as MIA. It was believed that news of Spartan deaths would cripple the UNSC's already-flagging morale. [9]

Section III

The top-secret projects division of ONI. It is responsible for the SPARTAN-II project, the NOVA project, the MJOLNIR Program, and many other "black ops". [10] Though a few of Section III's programs are well known and celebrated for their success, the Marines and top brass of the UNSC treat most with contempt. This is especially true of the Spartans, who are regarded as "freaks" by some Humans. Beta-5 Division is the sub-cell of Section III that operates the SPARTAN-III project. [11][12]The Spartan-III project was kept secret from the vast majority of Section III. This is not particularly unusual as Section III is a large division with numerous sub-cells. The division and compartmentalization is to ensure secrecy and security.

UNSC Prowler Corps

The ONI branch that handles the Prowlers and its electronic intelligence gathering.[13]

ONI Signal Corps

The Signal Corps is tasked with broadcasting radio signals in order to confuse Covenant Fleet and troop movements, diverting attention from UNSC Colonies that are evacuating.[14]

Known ONI Personnel

ONI Ships

ONI Facilities





ONI Units



  • The Office of Naval Intelligence is a real life existing organization within the U.S. Navy established in 1882.
  • ONI operatives are referred to in slang as "spooks".
  • ONI's motto, "Semper Vigilans", is also the motto of the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol. The phrase is Latin for "Always vigilant".
  • ONI's, pre-Halo 3: ODST, insignia features the all-seeing eye, a nod to ONI's line of work.



  1. Halo: First Strike, page 49
  2. Halo: The Fall of Reach, Chapter 1
  3. Halo 3 Epsilon, Tsavo Highway
  4. I Love Bees
  5. "Halo Encyclopedia"
  6. "Halo Encyclopedia"
  7. Halo: First Strike, page 98: ONI Section Two had done a brilliant job of preserving the fiction that Earth forces held their own against the Covenant.
  8. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 46
  9. "Halo Encyclopedia"
  10. "Halo Encyclopedia"
  11. Halo: First Strike
  12. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
  13. Halo: Ghosts of Onyx
  14. TVG Chats To The ILoveBees Operator
  15. I Love Bees
  16. Halo 3, Tsavo Highway

External Links

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Uniformed services Army • Air Force • Marine Corps • Navy
Major sub-divisions Special Forces • Naval Intelligence • Colonial Militia

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