First MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle arrives at NBVC Point Mugu

Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) today received the first MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle assigned to Unmanned Patrol Squadron One Nine (VUP-19) Detachment Point Mugu known as “Big Red.”

The U.S. Coast Guard at Forward Operating Base Point Mugu provided air-to-air support from their HH-65 Dolphin to document the arrival of the first MQ-4C at Point Mugu.

MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

The MQ-4C Triton took off this morning from Palmdale, Airport and was remotely controlled by VUP-19 at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. The MQ-4C underwent in-flight checks before landing at NBVC Point Mugu.

VUP-19 DET Point Mugu will provide maintenance functions for the MQ-4C and is expected to eventually provide MQ-4Cs to operate in the Pacific.

This aircraft system delivers to the Navy a 24-hour, unblinking “eye in the sky” in a maritime environment. Triton’s cutting edge sensor technology identifies and tracks ships from 55,000 feet. It then sends collected data to the naval fleet in near real-time.

Navy commanders are provided a big picture view theater of operations as Maritime surveillance, and the Triton, become increasingly important.


Naval Base Ventura County, POINT MUGU, Calif.  

For more information, please contact Vance Vasquez at (805) 989-8095 or by email at vance.vasquez@navy.mil


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