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Navy Outlines Proposal To Make Ventura County Home For Drone Operations On West Coast

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2013 11:23am

Could Ventura County become home to U.S. Navy drone operations on the West Coast?

The Navy is proposing to make Naval Base Ventura County home base for four Triton drone aircraft. They’re 48 feet long, with a wingspan of more than 130 feet. The drones would be used for what is being described as marine reconnaissance, with up to 1800 flights a year.

The draft environmental assessment report released by the Navy says there would be no major local environmental impacts if the plan is implemented.

It would be an economic boost for the county, though, with an additional 700 personnel being assigned to the base over the next few years.

More than 280,000 new square feet of hanger, and operational facility space would be built. The Navy is taking comments on the draft EIR through March 11th.

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