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Unmanned drone scores drug smuggler bust

During a routine test flight April 3, an MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle supported its first drug interdiction with the USS McInerney and a U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment.

McInerney launched one of its two embarked Fire Scouts to test different functions and settings when it acquired a suspected narcotics "go-fast" on radar. The mission payload operator completed testing and received permission to pursue.

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