Aug 2, 2018

Rim of the Pacific Exercise Features Last Flight for RQ-7B Shadow

Rim of the Pacific Exercise Features Last Flight for RQ-7B Shadow
By Marine Corps Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres

After years of service to the armed services, the RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system was retired after its final flight during the culmination event for the Rim of the Pacific 2018 exercise at Pyramid Rock Beach at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
A U.S. Marine Corps RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System assigned to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 3 prepare to launch in support of the amphibious landing demonstration as part of Rim of the Pacific exercise Marine Corps Base Hawaii July 21, 2018. The launch was the last flight for the Shadow in the U.S. Marine Corps in which the platform will be replaced with the RQ-21 Blackjack, a technologically superior and expeditionary UAS. RIMPAC provides high-value training for task-organized, highly capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force and enhances the critical crisis response capability of U.S. Marines in the Pacific. Twenty-five nations, 46 ships, five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.

Published August 02, 2018 at 05:40AM

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