09 March 2014

Navy rapidly deploys to assist search for missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft | RallyPoint.com

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A P-3C Orion aircraft is currently providing assistance in the search efforts of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777  the waters between that disappeared somewhere over the waters between Malaysia and Vietnam early Saturday morning, said Cmdr. William Marks, the spokesman for the U.S. 7th Fleet.

In addition, the Pinckney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer carrying two MH-60R helicopters equipped for search and rescue, was diverted from training operations in the South China Sea, according to a Navy news release.

Navy officials said the P-3C Orion aircraft left Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, and arrived on station about 3 p.m. Sunday.

Marks said the aircraft had about three hours of fuel remaining for search efforts and would refuel in Malaysia. The aircraft is expected to resume searching Monday morning and to provide assistance for nine hours. The Orion has the capability of conducting long range searches. It also brings radar and communication capabilities to the effort, the Navy release said.

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