NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla.- Naval Station Mayport is one of three bases being considered to be the East Coast home of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (Triton UAS).
The Triton UAS is a "multiple-sensor unmanned aircraft" that is about 48 feet long with a wingspan of 131 feet, the Navy said in a statement. The aircraft would conduct operations over water, including maritime intelligence and surveillance and reconnaissance data collection.
Naval Air Station Key West and a NASA facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, are also being considered to host the aircraft, along with 400 military personnel plus family members who come with an East Coast base.
Construction of the base is slated to begin in 2017.
The Navy is preparing an Environmental Assessment for all three sites which will help determine where to station the aircraft.
A public review period for the Environmental Assessment begins in June.