Special Operations Commander is a high Covenant Sangheili rank. Special Operations Commanders typically command all Special Operations forces within a Covenant fleet.[note 1]
The title of Special Operations Commander is the highest office attainable by a Sangheili in the Covenant Special Operations division. They hold considerable amount of political and military authority in the Covenant military; a Special Operations Commander is placed in command of all the personnel and material of a fleet's Special Operations division and has a unique honor of speaking directly to the High Prophets and relaying their messages to the High Council.
The Special Operations Commander of the Fleet of Particular Justice, Rtas 'Vadumee, led dozens of Special Operations Sangheili and Unggoy in the Battle of the Threshold gas mine and also the Battle of the Quarantine Zone, later assuming the role of Shipmaster of the assault carrier Shadow of Intent.
 List of appearances
- ^ Jason Jones makes a reference to a "special operations commander of the Covenant" in the "Making of Halo 3" commentary. However, other sources such as the Halo: The Essential Visual Guide list Rtas 'Vadum's rank as "Special Operations Commander".
- ^ a b Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 175
- ^ The Official Halo 2 Strategy Guide, page 121
- ^ Halo 2, campaign level Sacred Icon
- ^ Halo 3, campaign level Floodgate