Hueneme council supports drone base at Point Mugu

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POINT MUGU, Calif. (AP) — The Port Hueneme City Council has agreed to back a military proposal to make Naval Base Ventura County the West Coast home for a new type of unmanned aircraft.

The Ventura County Star reports councilmembers voted this week to write to Navy officials with support for the plan to base four Triton Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Point Mugu. The aircraft would be used for marine reconnaissance beginning in 2020.

The base also would serve as a maintenance center, supporting up to four additional aircraft.

Naval officials recently released a draft environmental assessment for public comment.

The aircraft would conduct an average of five daily flights, increasing overall operations at Point Mugu by about 5 percent.

The Triton is a 48-foot-long unarmed jet with a 131-foot wingspan.

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