Navy officer with Door County roots is leading unmanned surveillance aircraft mission

(Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Navy) ELLISON BAY – A U.S. Navy officer with Door County roots has become the next commander of the Navy’s new program to deploy unmanned surveillance aircraft.

Commander John LeVoy, the son of Lee and Hugh LeVoy, of Ellison Bay, became the commanding officer of Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 in a change of command ceremony June 5 aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 includes 300 sailors and 200 civilian contractors with the mission to fly two types of unmanned aerial vehicles, the MQ-4C Triton and RQ-4A Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator, according to a U.S. Navy news release.

"The change of command ceremony was wonderful," said Lee LeVoy. The couple was grateful to attend the event, she said.

John LeVoy will lead the "historic, first-ever flight of the MQ-4C Triton," the release said.

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