Mithril is a fictional anti-terrorist private military company in the light novel, manga, and anime series "Full Metal Panic!". Many of the main characters within the series are members of this organization, among them include Sousuke Sagara, Melissa Mao, Kurz Weber, and Teletha Testarossa.
Mithril is a worldwide military (non-governmental) anti-terrorist organization possessing advanced technologies and weapon systems superior to that of any national armed forces. It was founded around 1992-1993, following the detonation of a nuclear warhead in northern Iraq in the then waning Gulf War. It is named after the fictional metal, Mithril, from "The Lord of the Rings" written by J. R. R. Tolkien. The organization's purpose to halt regional conflicts, in addition to securing the Whispered without taking any sides. As such, it is one of the few organizations aware of the Whispered and Black Technology.
Mithril remains an extremely secretive organization, its existence unknown to all but the most senior of military and political personnel. Its motives, funding, structure, and personnel are all kept secret. Its secrecy is vital for its continued existence, as Mithril is a specialist organization dependent on fast surgical strikes with small numbers. It does not possess the numbers or capacity to withstand a conventional war of numbers.
Mithril is divided into three divisions, Research, Intelligence, and Tactical, which are overseen by the General Council. The current chairman of the General Council is Lord Mallory. Additional divisions may exist, but have not been mentioned at this time. The three divisions operate across international borders with the best and brightest available personnel.
The command structure of Mithril is very direct to give soldiers a clear chain of command to their superior officers. At the same time, commanders are given the ability to individually take command of a situation. The high level of trust in individual ability gives each organizational unit a strong level of autonomous decision making.
The research division develops advanced Black Technology devices from the knowledge gleaned from the Whispered. There have been a number of Whispered who have taken active part in the Research division as personnel as well. The research division of Mithril is deeply involved with the various cover corporate identities operated by the organization. The organization markets spin off technologies of its research. This revenue is assumed to be part of the funding of the two other divisions. The head of Research is Dr. Painrose.
The research division is shown to have a close working relationship with the combat division of Mithril. There is a personnel exchange program, further fostering this relationship.
The intelligence division of Mithril handles the intelligence and counterintelligence duties within the organization. The division is highly independent of the two other divisions, maintaining a higher level of secrecy within the already secretive organization. The division operates an impressive amount of assets, including a number of military satellites, advanced computer equipment and personnel within other organizations. They have been shown using the United States intelligence satellites through morally dubious means. The intelligence division is charged with finding and securing "Whispered" as well. The head of Intelligence is General Mayer Amit, formerly from Israel and an ex-Mossad secret agent. Agents and officers of the division operate under the codename Ogma.
A certain amount of friction between the Combat and Intelligence divisions have been highlighted within the narrative of Full Metal Panic. This friction does not prevent the division from being highly effective in monitoring the hotbeds of regional conflicts.
The Tactical Division of Mithril is the physical muscle of Mithril, carrying out surgical strikes to halt or help abate regional conflicts. The Tactical division is further divided into five fleets, the North Atlantic Fleet, the South Atlantic Fleet, the Indian Ocean Fleet, the Mediterranean Sea Fleet and the West Pacific Fleet. Within each fleet are battle groups, such as the Pal Horon Battle Group of the North Atlantic Fleet, which operates primarily in the Mediterranean Sea. The head of the Tactical Division is Admiral Jerome Boda.
The Tuatha De Danaan Battle Group is commanded by Captain Teletha Testarossa, from the flagship of the same name, TDD-1 Tuatha de Danaan while using the codename Ansuz. Commander Richard Mardukas is second-in-command and Lieutenant Commander Andrei Sergeivich Kalinin was military strategist.
Mithril is a specialist organization unlike most armies, requiring personnel capable of completing sensitive and difficult operations in small teams. These small surgical strike teams are operated by each battle group, under the Special Response Team (SRT) They are armed rapid response units deployed around the world, most often within a day or even hours. The Special Response Team are deployed to the most dangerous and risky of situation, ones that the Primary Response Team (PRT) cannot be expected to complete.
Special Response Team and Primary Response Team
Special Response Team and Primary Response Team operators of the Pacific battle group operate under code names during field operations. These code names are letters from the Runic alphabet. Special Response Team members are designated Urzu (Urzu) while Primary Response Team members are designated Kaunan (Kano). These runic letters each carry a symbolic meaning well suited to the units. For example, Urzu means power.
In their need of secrecy, these Mithril soldiers often disguise themselves as armed forces of various nations. In "Full Metal Panic", they pose as United Nations peacekeepers by wearing blue berets and green Battle Dress Uniforms fitted with UN insignias.
Under the direct command of Lieutenant Commander Andrei Kalinin, who has the call sign of Perth-1, the ground combat units of the Tuatha de Danaan battle group are separated into Special Response Team and Primary Response Team units. There are six Primary Response Team units, each one specializing in a particular type of warfare. They are air assault, amphibious warfare, espionage, assault, communications, and building breaching and assault. Soldiers rotate within the six teams to learn the methods and skills of each team. The Primary Response Teams form the core fighting force of the Pacific Fleet. Most operations of Mithril are carried out by the Primary Response Team. Urzu Three is commander of the Primary Response Teams, and facilitates the communication and teamwork between the Special Response Team and Primary Response Team personnel.
The distinction of the Special Response Team from the Primary Response Team is the usage of Arm Slaves. Almost all Special Response Team members are Arm Slave pilots in addition to their specialist skills elsewhere. This is largely unheard of, and highlights the unique nature of the Special Response Team. Each specialist of the unit is encouraged in cross training to retain the ability to complete a mission regardless of personnel loss in the field.
While most missions operate the Special Response Team and Primary Response Team personnel as discrete units, complex operations have been shown using both Special Response Team and Primary Response Team units. In these cases, Special Response Team personnel have been shown to take command of supporting Primary Response Team units. The two teams show strong integration, showing the well trained nature of both units.
In order to conduct their missions, Mithril Response Teams are armed with the finest military equipment that is available to them. Much like Special forces operators of most countries, Special Response Team personnel are given complete freedom in the equipment they choose to arm themselves with. This serves to make each individual member difficult to identify as a part of Mithril based on their equipment. Equipment shown used by Response Teams in the series include the FN P90 submachine gun and an assault rifle/hand gun combination similar to the CornerShot system.
The cornerstone of the West Pacific Battlegroup, Tuatha de Danaan, is the amphibious assault submarine TDD-1 Tuatha de Danaan. The ship shares its name with the Tuatha Dé Danann who are feature prominently in Irish mythology.
The standard complement of Tuatha de Danaan is four AV-8 Harrier II, six MH-67 Pave Mare Transport Helicopters, and four RAH-66 Comanches. Additional equipment fielded by Mithril are a turbofan variant of the C-130 Hercules, C-17 Globemaster III transports, and HH-60 Pave Hawks. It is notable that many of these weapon systems operated by Mithril include a number of equipment that are from failed or canceled development programs in reality. It is unknown if the addition of Black Technology have made these projects viable or the tastes of the author are particularly strongly reflected within the fictional narrative.
Most notable is the advanced Third Generation Arm Slave, yet unmatched by any military of the world. Special Response Team operatives are issued the M9E Gernsback Arm Slaves for general Arm Slave combat or missions. Each Special Response Team member customize and personalize the Arm Slave extensively, creating a close relationship with their machines. The Battlegroup also operates a number of older M6 Bushnell units as secondary and backup units, but do not carry any on the limited space of the TDD-1.
Mithril as an organization has access to low orbit satellites for an encrypted communications network and intelligence gathering, codenamed as Sting. Illegal and unauthorized access of United States satellite network has been mentioned. It is unknown if Mithril possesses its own orbital assets or only borrows from other nations.
- ARX-7 Arbalest (Testbed)
- ARX-8 Laevatein
- M6 Bushnell (Primarily used as an Arm Slave trainer)
- M9 Unit 006
- M9D Falke (Testbed)
- M9E Gernsback (Frontline Mithril AS)
- Rk-92 Savage (Used to train pilots for combat)
- Andrey Kalinin
- Belfangan Clouseau
- Gail McAllen
- Gavin Hunter
- Grace Wiseman
- Kurz Weber
- Lian Shaopin
- Melissa Mao
- Peggy Goldberry
- Richard Mardukas
- Sousuke Sagara
- Teletha Testarossa
TDD-1 Response Team Personnel
Enlisted and officer ranks in the Primary Response Team and Special Response Team are, like Mithril's officer corps, based upon American and British military ranking systems. They consist of a mix of American and British army and navy ranks.
Primary Response Team operators
|Lian Shaopin||Unknown (Most likely China)||Private||Unknown||Full Metal Panic!||On Patrol (Killed in action)|
|Tony||Corporal||Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||Killed in action|
|Wu||China||Private||Kaunan 28||Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||Active|
Special Response Team operators
|Belfangan Clouseau||Canada||First Lieutenant (Treated as Captain)||Urzu 1||Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||Active|
|Gail McAllen||United States||First Lieutenant||Urzu 1||Full Metal Panic!||On Patrol (Killed in action)|
|Melissa Mao||United States/Chinese||Second Lieutenant (Treated as First Lieutenant)||Urzu 2
(Formerly Urzu 6)
|Full Metal Panic!||Active|
|Amasart||First Lieutenant||Formerly Urzu 2||Inactive: transferred to Mithril Intelligence Division|
|Castello||Italy||First Lieutenant||Urzu 3||Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||Deceased|
|Hummer||First Lieutenant||Urzu 4||Active|
|Roger Sandraptor||United States||Sergeant||Urzu 5||Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||Active|
|Kurz Weber||Germany||Sergeant (Treated as Master Sergeant)||Urzu 6||Full Metal Panic!||Active|
|Sousuke Sagara||Afghanistan/Japanese||Sergeant||Urzu 7||Full Metal Panic!||Active|
|Jack Wayne||United States||Sergeant||Formerly Urzu 7||Discharged|
|Spec||United States||Corporal||Urzu 8||Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||Deceased|
|Yang Jun-Kyu||South Korea||Corporal||Urzu 9||Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid||Active|
|Nguyen Bien Bo||Vietnam||Corporal||Formerly Urzu 10||Full Metal Panic!||Deceased|
|John Danigan||United States||Sergeant||Formerly Urzu 12||Full Metal Panic!||Deceased|