Navy marks Triton arrival at Southern California base
POINT MUGU, Calif. (AP) — Two of the Navy’s large unmanned surveillance and patrol aircraft are now housed at a repurposed hangar at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu in Southern California.
Rear Adm. William W. Wheeler said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday that the MQ-4C Triton will provide fleet commanders an unprecedented awareness of maritime battle space.
The first MQ-4C Triton arrived at Point Mugu last November and the second arrived in April. They are controlled from a Navy base in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Triton has a wingspan of 130.9 feet (39.9 meters), is 47.6 feet (14.5 meet) long and can fly at altitudes up to 56,500 feet (17.2 kilometers). Builder Northrop Grumman says the single-engine jet can stay aloft for more than 24 hours.