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The AC-130J Ghostrider's operational test unit—Det. 2 of the 1st Special Operations Group—was activated in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., last week, officials announced. "Our mission is crystal clear: Get it right. That way, whoever follows behind me can stand up here and say, ‘all policies and procedures will remain in effect,'​" detachment commander Lt. Col. Brett DeAngelis said at the July 9 ceremony. The detachment is charged with training the initial aircrew and developing tactics, employment methods, and standards for Air Force Special Operations Command's next generation gunship, according to a release. Operational testing and evaluation was delayed by four months to this October due to integration issues and additional tests added after an inflight incident last year. The AC-130J prototype has been grounded since April since a second inflight mishap during a test hop at the time. The aircraft is expected to remain grounded until the investigation is complete. AFSOC plans to recapitalize its legacy fleet with 37 new-build AC-130Js.