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Navy unveils first squadron of drones

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Posted at 1:49 PM, May 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-02 13:49:51-04

The Navy has launched its first squadron with unmanned aircraft.

The maritime strike squadron called “Magicians” will officially debut at Naval Air Station North Island near San Diego today, according to the Associated Press.

The squadron will have eight manned helicopters and a still-to-be-determined number of the Fire Scout MQ-8 B, an unmanned helicopter that can fly 12 continuous hours, tracking targets.

The squadron’s creation comes 100 years after the formation of the first Navy air detachment.