US Navy MQ-4C Triton enters service

The first two operational US Navy MQ-4C Triton aircraft, BuNo 168460 and BuNo 168461, in the newly refurbished hangar at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, with VUP-19 insignia applied to their vertical stabilisers.
Northrop Grumman

The US Navy’s Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance unmanned aerial system officially entered squadron service with Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 (VUP-19) ‘Big Red’ on June 1, at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California. The squadron is currently flying training and evaluation missions. This paves the way for the first Triton deployment, to Guam, scheduled to take place with two air vehicles later this year. The Guam deployment will increase to four air vehicles with full sensor suites by 2021. A hangar at Point Mugu has been completely refurbished to house four Tritons. David C Isby