US Navy flies unmanned aircraft MQ-4C Triton in Indo-Pacific


The United States Navy has operated its MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in the skies of Indo-Pacific.

“Three months after arrival, two MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) are quickly becoming an invaluable asset across the Indo-Pacific, integrating into a series of missions that showcase its increasing range and flight time,” US Navy Commander Task Force (CTF) 72 said May 9.

CTF72 noted that the Triton recently participated in advanced training evolutions with multiple warfare areas interacting simultaneously.

“It also took part in an “elephant walk,” a parade of taxiing military aircraft in close formation, prior to takeoff on Anderson Air Force Base.  The demonstration, which included a MQ-4C Triton, and over a dozen other aircraft showcased the breadth of military air power available in the 7th Fleet area of operation,” it added.

“Bringing Triton forward creates a complex problem set for our adversaries,” said Cmdr.  Michael Minervini, Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 commanding officer. 

“Our ability to provide persistent ISR to fleet and combatant commanders is unmatched in naval aviation.  The Sailors, chiefs and officers of VUP-19 are among the most professional warfighters throughout the fleet. Their ability to overcome challenges and accomplish the mission makes me proud every day,” Cmdr. Minervini said.