Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement today welcoming the U.S. Navy's announcement that the East Coast Forward Operating Base of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (Triton UAS) will be Naval Station Mayport in Northeast Florida:
“I have long advocated for the Navy to base the MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft in Mayport, so I am very pleased it decided to do so. We look forward to welcoming four new aircraft and the more than 400 sailors and their families who will soon call the Jacksonville area home. Florida’s military community plays a vital role in defending our nation, and the Triton system is a key component of the Navy’s maritime intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.”
In June 2016 Rubio urged then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to “select Florida as the permanent duty station” for the Triton UAS.