Two MQ-4C Tritons have begun operational testing focused on the aircraft's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities at Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, CA, according to a Navy spokeswoman.
"Specifically, this test will assess persistent maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. [Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1] will test the system's capability to contribute to the common operating picture in the open-ocean and littoral environments," Navy spokeswoman Jamie Cosgrove told Inside the Navy in a June 8 written statement.
The Tritons became operational last month as a part of the Navy's first unmanned patrol squadron VUP-19, ITN reported.
The testing is in preparation for the aircraft's deployment to Guam later this year. The aircraft are being deployed to Guam based on operational need, Cosgrove said.