- For the Star Trek: Prometheus Spec Ops, see Starfleet Intelligence Special Operations Branch (Prometheus).
Starfleet Intelligence Special Operations Branch, simply known as Special Operations (and sometimes known as Special Services), dealt with missions deemed too difficult, dangerous and/or sensitive for mainstream Starfleet starships. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles; Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions)
By 2376, a variant of the uniform was available. This incorporated the Cantonese collar, but kept an all-black uniform, sans the division stripe on the shoulders, chest and back. One lower arm had a panel-like tricorder attached to a band wrapped around the area above the wrist, while the other lower arm had a phaser device attached to another band, with a firing mechanism in the hand grip. The pads of both hands were covered with fingerless gloves, one of which included a communicator on the hand's top. The uniform also had cargo pockets on each thigh of the pants. Pant legs were flared to allow easy-on and easy-off access.
Missions and branches
Special Operations had several sub-branches. Some of these operated similarly to normal Starfleet vessels and included high-risk missions such the 2371 USS Prospect mission to attempt to make first contact with the Dominion's Founders after the USS Odyssey's destruction in 2370. Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles
In 2384, operative Daniel Radke was disguised as a Romulan Tal Shiar agent to infiltrate the Romulan medical facility on Unroth III to safeguard and then retrieve a comatose Corey Aster. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Dream a Little Dream of Me")
Some more "hard core" branches of Special Operations existed, operating like infiltration teams.
Known members of Special Operations include: