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U.S. military's largest drone arrives at Mayport

Dan Scanlan
Florida Times-Union
The first of up to four new drones assigned to Naval Station Mayport.

It looks like a supersized pelican, bulbous head and wide wings on a slim fuselage topped with a gaping air intake for its Rolls-Royce AE3007H jet engine near a V-shaped tail.

And as the Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton flew in last week from California to its new home at Naval Station Mayport, one other thing was obvious to observers — there's no cockpit for a pilot.

That's because the Triton is an unmanned drone aircraft, flown remotely from a Naval Air Station Jacksonville operations center. The first of up to four planned for the VUP-19 drone squadron's new Mayport homeport, it will handle the Navy's East Coast surveillance and search-and-rescue operations.

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