MQ-4C Triton Drones Arrived in Guam

The first squadron of the U.S. Navy's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial system recently arrived in Guam for its initial deployment. The two-aircraft squadron, with two more expected to join, is stationed at Guam's Andersen Air Force Base under control of the Navy's Task Force 72. The Northrop Grumman-built drones will provide real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions over ocean and coastal regions, conduct continuous maritime surveillance, be involved in search and rescue missions, and complement P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft. "The introduction of MQ-4C Triton to the Seventh Fleet area of operations expands the reach of the U.S. Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance force in the Western Pacific," Capt. Matt Rutherford, commander of CTF-72, said in a statement. "Coupling the capabilities of the MQ-4C with the proven performance of P-8, P-3 and EP-3 [airplanes] will enable improved maritime domain awareness in support of regional and national security objectives."

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