|USS Clarence E. Walsh|
|Orign:||United States of America|
|Organization:||United States Navy|
The USS Clarence E. Walsh was a highly advanced cruiser that served in the United States Navy. Upon its commissioning in 2007, it was commanded by Sam Fisher's long time friend Captain Arthur Partridge. The USS Walsh was equipped with the most advanced equipment specializing in information warfare.
The USS Clarence E. Walsh was first deployed in June, 2007 amidst growing tensions in Far East Asia. The United States was defending Japan's creation of an Information Self-Defense Force (ISDF) from China and North Korea, who opposed Japan's actions. The USS Walsh was deployed to the Yellow Sea by Secretary of Defense Frank Mason in order to convince China and North Korea to cease harassing Japanese cargo vessels.
Prior to its mission in the Yellow Sea, the ship was present off the coast of Peru, where its crew assisted Third Echelon Splinter Cell Sam Fisher infiltrating a guerrilla camp owned by the "People's Voice", a group holding American computer engineer Bruce Morgenholt hostage. They provided whim with a Zodiac for insertion and extracted him by Knighthawk once the mission was completed. It later assisted in the infiltration of the Maria Narcissa when Fisher was sent to assassinate guerrilla leader Hugo Lacerda. The USS Walsh also sent Fisher into Panama City to rob MCAS Banco de Panama to find out more about their financial support for Hugo Lacerda. The ship then began its intended deployment in Far East Asia.
The USS Walsh soon began its mission in the Yellow Sea without much interference. However, while the crew was celebrating Independence Day, a North Korean anti-ship missile hit and destroy the ship, killing the entire crew. It was later confirmed that at least 141 crew members were dead including Captain Partridge. The USS Walsh was unable to shoot down the missile because she was crippled by an electronic warfare attack, disabling all her anti-missile systems. This act of terror ignited a massive political crisis in East Asia, pushing the nations in the region to the brink of war. China supported the claim that North Korea fired the missile unintentionally. American and South Korean forces on the Korean peninsula built up their forces along the 38th Parallel, as North Korea threatened to retaliate by attacking South Korea with a force of over 200,000 soldiers.
It was soon discovered afterwards by Third Echelon that the Masse Kernels had been used to cripple the USS Walsh as a means of heightening tensions in the region. It had been determined that Displace International, an American Private Military Corporation, had forced computer programmer Abrahaim Zherkezhi to use the Masse Kernels against the warship. Sam Fisher was sent to the Displace retreat in Hokkaido, Japan to arrest Zherkezhi, only to witness his murder at the hands of Displace CEO Douglas Shetland, who turned out to be the mastermind of the whole plot. With Zherkezhi dead, Fisher was immediately deployed into North Korea to determine if the missile had been launched intentionally. It was soon discovered that the missile had been force-launched by means of the Masse Kernels against the will of North Korea, but this evidence was not presented in time as North Korea launched an all-out invasion against South Korea.
Within 48 hours of the invasion, the South Korean capital of Seoul fell to the North Koreans, leading to the deaths of thousands of servicemen on both sides of the conflict. The invasion was eventually repelled, at the cost of widespread death and infrastructural damage to the South. Fisher traced the IW attack on the North Korean missile battery to Tokyo, where Shetland was due to meet with his partners in the conspiracy. It was discovered that Shetland was in fact partners with the Japanese I-SDF, and they had engineered the conflict as an excuse for Japan to remilitarize while Displace profiteered off the war. After a failed exchange of the Masse Kernels, the two turned on each other and the melee ultimately resulted in the death of Shetland at the hands of Sam Fisher. With Displace out of the picture, he moved on to the I-SDF and captured Admiral Toshiro Otomo, the head of the I-SDF who threatened to launch a North Korean missile at Japan if the government did not comply with his demands for remilitarization. The threat was swiftly eliminated and Otomo himself was charged with war crimes at the Hague.
Once the full extent of the conspiracy was made public, the U.S. and Japan restored ties with China and North Korea, with the North agreeing to surrender control of occupied South Korea. The dead from the USS Walsh were later sent home and buried with full honors, and the USS Walsh incident came to a final, peaceful resolution.
- The USS Clarence E. Walsh also appears in the introductory sequence of the PS2 version of Ghost Recon 2. In this version of the game, the sinking of the Walsh prompts the U.S. government to deploy the "Ghosts" into North Korea to cripple their offensive capabilities along the 38th Parallel.
- Clarence E. Walsh is not a real individual outside of the Tom Clancy universe. What significance he might have held in American history in the games is not clarified.