Eyes On Mediterranean And Black Sea: U.S. Navy MQ-4Cs Expand Operations In The 6th Fleet Area Of Responsibility | Aviation

The Tritons recently delivered to Naval Air Station Sigonella have been busy lately, flying missions off Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, with some rare trips to the Black Sea.

Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, received on Mar. 30, 2024, its first MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System, followed by a second one on Apr. 19. Since then, the two aircraft, assigned to Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 “Big Red,” have been flying regular missions over the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and off the coasts of Libya.

It wasn’t until recently that a Triton was noticed in flight also over the Black Sea during a mission on Jun. 14. While many considered it as the first trip of the new UAV to the area, upon further investigation we found out that this was the second mission to the Black Sea, after the first one on Apr. 29.

The aircraft involved in both flights appears to be the first MQ-4C delivered to Sigonella, serial 169659. The Apr. 29 mission was assigned the callsign TRITON19, while the Jun. 14 mission used BLKCAT6. The latter is the callsign routinely used also during the missions on the Mediterranean Sea.

“First patrol for a US Navy MQ-4C Triton into the Black Sea. The newly formed unit at Sigonella has thus far…”

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