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Navy establishes squadron with manned, unmanned copters

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CORONADO (CNS) - The first Navy helicopter squadron to include manned and unmanned aircraft was established during a ceremony today at NAS North Island.

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35, the "Magicians," has been outfitted with what the Navy calls its most technologically advanced helicopter, the Sikorsky Multi Mission MH60-R.

It also has the Fire Scout MQ-8 B, a drone that looks and flies like a regular helicopter. The Fire Scout recently was added to the fleet, according to the Navy.

The Navy says the unmanned chopper can be operated from up to 110 miles away.

The squadron will deploy on the new littoral combat ships -- fast, highly maneuverable vessels designed for fighting in coastal waters.

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