MQ-4C Tritons complete first deployment to Japan

19 October 2021

From MC1 Aidan Campbell, Jr., NAF Misawa Public Affairs

Two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems returned to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, following a deployment to NAF Misawa.
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In this file photo, an MQ-4C Triton taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, April 29, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)
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In this file photo, an MQ-4C Triton taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, April 29, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Ryan Brooks)
Photo By: Senior Airman Ryan Brooks
VIRIN: 200112-F-SX156-1006
MISAWA, Japan - Two MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems operated by Unmanned Patrol Squadron (VUP) 19 departed from Naval Air Facility Misawa, Oct. 12, and returned to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam upon completing their first rotational deployment to Japan.

The deployment of VUP-19 and their two MQ-4C Triton to Japan helped to develop the concept of operations, including expeditionary basing, and fleet learning associated with high-altitude, long-endurance systems operations in the maritime domain.

The two MQ-4C Tritons will continue to operate from their forward deployed location at Andersen Air Force Base to provide maritime surveillance and persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to the U.S. 7th Fleet in support of U.S. interests and regional allies.

The MQ-4C Triton’s persistence and capabilities complement the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and are integral to the Navy’s Maritime Strategy.

A MQ-4C Triton taxis at Andersen Air Force Base.
An MQ-4C Triton taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, April 29, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)
A MQ-4C Triton taxis at Andersen Air Force Base.
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An MQ-4C Triton taxis at Andersen Air Force Base, April 29, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Michael S. Murphy)
Photo By: Senior Airman Michael S. Murph
VIRIN: 200429-F-SP573-1059
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