The United States Navy has dispatched two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to assist in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
The United States Navy has dispatched two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to assist in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

US Navy Sends Two Destroyers to Assist in Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The United States Navy has dispatched two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to assist in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The United States Navy has thus far dispatched two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to assist in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing on Saturday, March 9 somewhere over the Pacific Ocean between Malaysia and Vietnam. According to Stars and Stripes, both destroyers — the USS Kidd and the USS Pinckney — were conducting training in the South China Sea when they were called in to assist.

As Stars and Stripes reports, each destroyer is equipped with MH-60R Seahawk helicopters, which are capable of conducting night searchers using Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras.

In addition to the two destroyers, the Navy has also sent a P-3C Orion aircraft to help with the search. The Orion will search an area West of Malaysia and cover approximately 1,500 square miles every hour. The USNS John Ericcson, a Military Sealift Command underway replenishment oiler, has also been dispatched, Stars and Stripes said.

Read more: http://www.stripes.com/uss-kidd-joins-uss-pinckney-in-search-for-missing-jetliner-1.271996

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