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SOCCENT Forward Operations Base is a United States Military base located in Qatar, under the command of Colonel Sharp and subordinate of the US Central Command (USCENTCOM). As part of SOCCENT (Special Operations Command, Central), it is home to soldiers belonging to various spec-ops military branches, such as the US Army Rangers, Green Berets, Delta Force, Marine Corps, US Navy SEALS and pilots of the US Air Force. The base is equipped with a variety of hardware including tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters, jets, airplanes and inflatable toys.

More accurately, it was these things until an unfortunate encounter with a hostile alien being.

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On the same evening that Captain William Lennox and his team of Rangers returned from a mission behind enemy lines, a mysterious MH-53 Pave Low helicopter flew into the airspace of SOCCENT Qatar. Colonel Sharp ordered the unknown bird to Squawk Ident (identify itself) and leave his airspace. When the helicopter did not respond nor comply with the orders to turn back, Sharp dispatched two F-22 Raptors to intercept and escort the helicopter to the base, ordering the helicopter to follow under threat of deadly force.

When they got within range, one of the Raptor pilots identified the helicopter as designation 4500X, a confirmed casualty in Afghanistan three months prior. The Raptors escorted the Pave Low in, allowing the bogey to land on deck at the base as soldiers immediately formed a security perimeter around it. When radar crew in Operations reported that the helicopter was jamming their radar, the power suddenly blinked out and back in. Colonel Sharp attempted radio communications again, ordering the Pave Low pilot to power down and have his crew step out or be killed.

The Pave Low stopped its main rotor, but what followed was not quite what Sharp had in mind.

The "helicopter" killed soldiers attempting to flee before unleashing a shockwave that severely damaged the air control tower. Shrugging off weapons fire directed at it, the robot tossed aside tanks and aircraft with ease while destroying whatever was in its way. It was a real dickhead. Locating the main computer server, it began hacking the US Military intranet, achieving record download speeds as it assimilated terabytes of classified information before Colonel Sharp physically severed the core's network hardlines with a fire axe.

With its primarily objective a failure, the giant robot proceeded to destroy what remained of the base as well as nearly everyone in it.

The next day, in an emergency session at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense John Keller personally headed the investigation into the base attack, initially announcing that there did not appear to be any survivors.

The helicopter dispatched its scorpion pal to deal with the survivors of the base, Captain Lennox and his team, but was driven off by an air strike sent in from another base and called in on a cell phone. Transformers (film)

Trivia

  • Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico served as the primary shooting location for the SOCCENT Qatar base.
  • The survivors of the base later had their revenge: Blackout was killed in the Mission City battle by Captain Lennox (leader of the base's survivors) and Scorponok was killed two years later in battle in Egypt.

External links

  • Official US Air Force news article on Holloman AFB's role in the movie.

This article uses material from the "SOCCENT Forward Operations Base" article on the Transformers wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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