First U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Deployed To NAS Sigonella | Aviation

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The first MQ-4C Triton arrived to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, March 30, 2024. The MQ-4C’s arrival to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations marks the second forward-deployed detachment for VUP-19. (Courtesy photo U.S. Navy)

The MQ-4C’s arrival to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations marks the second forward-deployed detachment for VUP-19.

The U.S. Navy announced the arrival of the first MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial System at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. The aircraft is assigned to Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 “Big Red,” homeported in Florida at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport, Florida, and is the first to be forward deployed to the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations.

The arrival of the MQ-4C marks the second forward deployed detachment for VUP-19, after the first one at Andersen Air Force Base last year. VUP-19 is the first and only unmanned patrol squadron of the U.S. Navy and will have a total of three detachments when fully operational, employing more than 300 Sailors and officers from various aviation ratings and officer communities to maintain and operate the Triton around the world.

“The addition of the MQ-4C Triton, right here in Sigonella, is another milestone in the successful development of the Triton program,” said Capt. Aaron Shoemaker, Commanding Officer, NAS Sigonella. “We are proud to support VUP-19 [Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19] as they integrate with the Fleet to expand the roles of unmanned aircraft systems operations in our region and beyond.”

Naval Air Station Sigonella also hosts rotational detachments of the P-8 Poseidon and the MQ-4C will augment their ability to provide broad area, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting capabilities. To prepare for the arrival of the Triton in Italy, VUP-19 “Big Red” held a ceremony to celebrate the deployment and the opening of a new Triton hangar at NAS Sigonella, March 2.

“This ceremony demonstrates Naval…

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