An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft taxis after landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a deployment on Jan. 12, 2020. RYAN BROOKS/U.S. AIR FORCE
An MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft taxis after landing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for a deployment on Jan. 12, 2020. RYAN BROOKS/U.S. AIR FORCE

Navy deploys pair of Tritons to Guam for unmanned aerial vehicle’s Pacific debut

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

The Navy’s largest unmanned aerial vehicle has deployed for the first time to the Pacific, where it will conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Two MQ-4C Tritons — maritime versions of the Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk — have arrived at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, the Navy said in a statement Sunday after the second aircraft touched down.

The Tritons, and two others scheduled to be on Guam by 2021, will be flown by the Navy’s first dedicated drone squadron, Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19, which will focus on honing the skills needed to operate the high-tech planes, the statement said.

The Tritons will complement P-8A Poseidon surveillance planes and bring increased persistence, capability and capacity through their multi-sensor mission payloads, the Navy statement said.

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