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A U.S. Air Force MC-130J soars over the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A U.S. Air Force MC-130J soars over the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Pilots assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron fly off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

Pilots assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron fly off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A U.S. Air Force MC-130J soars off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A U.S. Air Force MC-130J soars off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A combat systems officer assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron navigates off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A combat systems officer assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron navigates off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A combat systems officer assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron navigates off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

A combat systems officer assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron navigates off the Northern Coast of Japan, Aug. 5, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. During this exercise formation departure, ship based air traffic control procedures, night vision goggle mountain low level, air intercepts with F/A-18s and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 were simulated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class China M. Shock)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Kadena Air Base Airmen flexed their capabilities off the northern coast of Japan during Exercise Gryphon Jet 10, an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community, Aug 3-12, 2020. During this exercise, the MC-130J Commando II aircrew executed or simulated formation departures, ship-based air traffic control procedures, night-vision goggle, low-level flying in the mountains, air intercepts with F/A-18 Hornets and tilt-rotor air-to-air refueling with the CV-22 Osprey.