The Navy will have greater capability of conducting maritime patrol and reconnaissance missions in the Western Pacific, now that the first of the service’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have arrived in theater. The two aircraft were delivered to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, on Jan. 27, and will operate with Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19.
The Triton will complement the P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and other manned platforms as they perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The initial operational capability calls for four such vehicles, which would provide round-the-clock capacity.
“Coupling the capabilities of the MQ -4C with the proven performance of P-8, O-d and EP-3 will enable improved maritime awareness in support of regional and national security objectives,” said Capt. Matt Rutherford, Commander, Task Force 72, under which VUP 19 operates.