Navy Lays Groundwork for Triton Deployments to Guam
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is establishing a launch-and-recovery detachment for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Guam to handle the aircraft’s first overseas deployment.
According to a Navy directive, the service’s first Triton squadron, Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 (VUP-19) will set up Launch and Recovery Detachment Seven at Anderson Air Base in Guam. The detachment, which will be established on Aug. 1, will support the early operational capability of the MQ-4C when it deploys to Guam in 2018.
VUP-19, headquartered at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Fla., will rotate personnel to Detachment Seven from its maintenance detachment at NAS Point Mugu, Calif., and its air crews from Jacksonville. The rotations will continue until VUP-11, to be established at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., assumes the operation of deployments to Guam.
The Navy is on track to deploy the Triton operationally from five sites worldwide in orbits that will provide surveillance of the world’s oceans.