U.S. Navy Holds Ceremony to mark First Dedicated UAS Test Squadron


Story Number: NNS181022-18Release Date: 10/22/2018 12:08:00 PM
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From Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIVISION, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy commissioned its first Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) test and evaluation squadron during a ceremony Oct. 18, at Naval Air Station Patuxent River’s Webster Outlying Field.

The new unit, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24, flies over 23 fixed and rotary wing UAS including the MQ-8 Fire Scout, RQ-20 Puma, RQ-21 Blackjack, RQ-26 Aerostar and a number of commercial systems.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Matthew Densing officially assumed leadership of UX-24.

“This squadron centralizes the Navy’s technical excellence in unmanned aviation,” said Densing. “As the Navy continues to require the broad range of capability offered by UAS, UX-24 will always challenge the status quo.”

In April 2018 Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, approved establishment of UX-24 to provide research, development, test and evaluation support for Navy and Marine Corps UAS as growth in the field required establishment of a command dedicated solely to that mission. The ceremony marked the squadron’s official transition from what was formerly known as NAWCAD’s UAS Test Directorate.

Densing previously oversaw the former UAS Test Directorate. Under his leadership, the directorate executed more than 2,200 flight hours and 2,000 ground test hours in support of UAS developmental test.

NAWCAD supports the research, development, engineering, test and evaluation of all Navy and Marine Corps air vehicle systems and trainers. With facilities in Patuxent River, Maryland; Lakehurst, New Jersey; and Orlando, Florida, the command delivers high-quality, affordable products in support of military operating forces worldwide.

 

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Guests attend a ceremony establishing the Navy's first squadron dedicated to unmanned aviation systems (UAS) onboard Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24, St. Inigoes, Md., Oct. 18, 2018.
181018-N-ZT623-003 ST. INIGOES, Md. (Oct. 18, 2018) Guests attend a ceremony establishing the Navy's first squadron dedicated to unmanned aviation systems (UAS) onboard Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX) 24, St. Inigoes, Md., Oct. 18, 2018. The squadron flies over 23 fixed and rotary wing UAS including the MQ-8 Fire Scout (back left). (U.S. Navy photo by Brittany Machnicki/Released)
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