POINT MUGU, Calif. — 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 said the single-engine jet can stay aloft for more than 24 hours.

Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment Point Mugu staff stand outside the detachment's schoolhouse April 18, 2017, during the ceremony marking the official establishment of the Detachment Point Mugu and the opening of the new state-of-the-art schoolhouse. (Navy)
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment Point Mugu staff stand outside the detachment's schoolhouse April 18, 2017, during the ceremony marking the official establishment of the Detachment Point Mugu and the opening of the new state-of-the-art schoolhouse. (Navy)