Malaysia Airlines MH 370
Second U.S. Navy Destroyer, Two Helicopters, Join Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 Search and Rescue Operations
The United States is continuing to assist the
Malaysian Government in search and rescue operations in connection with the
disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH #370. The USS Kidd
(DDG-100), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, began search and rescue operations
this afternoon in the Gulf of Thailand. Like the USS Pinckney, which
began search and rescue operations yesterday, the USS Kidd carries two MH-60R
helicopters which can be equipped for search and rescue. If needed, these
helicopters are capable of nighttime searching. Last night, helicopters
from the USS Pinckney employed their Forward Looking Infra-red (FLIR) camera
during night time search operations. The USNS John Ericsson, a
replenishment oiler operated by the Military Sealift Command, remains in the
area to support the search and rescue efforts.
In addition to these vessels and their on-board helicopters, a P-3 Orion aircraft flew a second search and rescue mission today in the Strait of Melaka. The aircraft brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts.