> our title:

MQ-8B Exceeds 8,000 Hours on Ship

> original title:

MQ-8B Exceeds 8,000 Hour Milestone Aboard USS Bradley

(Source: US Naval Air Systems Command; issued March 12, 2013)

GULF OF MEXICO --- After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a "hot pump" and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11.

Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour days while providing 12 hours on station ISR coverage in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.