- “They gave it their best shot, but they didn't count on running into the biggest squad of Marine bad-asses in the Corps!”— Unnamed Marine
Fire Team Zulu was a UNSC Marine unit stationed aboard UNSC Pillar of Autumn that actively participated in the Battle of Installation 04. Fire Team Zulu had at least one Corporal and one Sergeant. The squad was approximately six Marines strong and later encountered the survivors of another five-man squad. They were first encountered by John-117 near the beginning of the Halo: Combat Evolved mission Assault on the Control Room.
Battle of Installation 04Edit
- Main article: Battle of Installation 04
The Pelican that transported Fire Team Zulu was attacked by Covenant Banshees on its descent to drop off the Fire Team. After deploying the troops, along with a Warthog, the drop ship flew out of view into the next valley where it was later found crashed into the valley wall. The crash was not witnessed by John-117, but it is assumed that it was due to the damage sustained from the Banshee attack (seen on Heroic and Legendary difficulties). Weapons that were brought in by Fire Team Zulu include a Rocket Launcher, Sniper Rifle, and a Warthog. John-117, upon meeting up with Fire Team Zulu, helped by destroying a Ghost and a couple of Shade turrets. Upon linking up with Zulu, Spartan-117, with a Marine manning the Warthog's turret, destroyed a nearby Wraith guarding the valley.
A Scorpion Tank was present near the dropship's apparent crash site in the next valley, but it was not brought in by Fire Team Zulu, as the Fire Team Zulu Pelican can be seen carrying a Warthog from the bridge.
Later, John-117 encountered Marines from a previous mission. Cortana announces their presence by saying, "I thought the Covenant had eliminated all Marine forces in the area."
Fire Team Zulu then assisted John-117 as he fought his way through the valleys; when John-117 had to ascend the final main valley in order to cross a pair of bridges overlooking the valley, they did not follow because evac had became available.
- In Halo: Combat Evolved, the voice of Sergeant Avery Johnson issues from the Pelican, calling for assistance. This is not possible because he was in the swamp near the Flood Containment Facility with Captain Keyes at the time. Most likely, the voice heard in-game belongs to the voice actor of Johnson, but was intended to represent the voice of another character.