- "In Operation Velvet Shell, two GEO Operators join Team Rainbow to regain control of the "Coastline". Following a year of post-launch content, this major update aims to improve player comfort with an upgraded navigation interface, customisation selections and lots more."
— Official Website Description
Operation Velvet Shell was the fifth free expansion to be released for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, and the first expansion of Year Two. It added two new Operators from the Spanish GEO CTU and the map Coastline.
It was officially announced on January 19, 2017 and was released on February 7, 2017 for Year Two Season Pass holders. As with other expansions, all content could be accessed one week earlier with ownership of its respective Season Pass.
- Upgraded Navigation Interface
- New tabs: "Home" (challenges, news, boosters) and "Play"
- New rank icons
- Rook Elite Set
- The pattern of the "Velvet Shell" headgear skin is actually constructed with the silhouettes of a Flamenco dancer.