26 Jul '13, 6pm

Special operations unit in England grows.

View Photo Gallery » Col. Christopher Ireland, 352nd Special Operations Group commander, speaks to reporters at an event Friday, July 26, 2013, to promote the updating of the unit's fleet and expansion of personnel. Adam L. Mathis/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link RAF MILDENHALL, England — Bucking the trend of the steady decrease of U.S. forces in Europe, the 352nd Special Operations Group is inducting brand-new aircraft into its inventory and significantly increasing personnel. New MC-130J Commando II special mission aircraft are replacing the unit’s old MC-130P Combat Shadows — originally developed to support clandestine special operations missions after the Vietnam War. And a squadron of CV-22B Osprey tilt-rotors are replacing the MH-53 Pave Low helicopters that were used in the past. Designed especially for night missions, the Commando II prov...

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