Saturday, March 15, 2014

Global Impact: Update--The Disppaearance of Flight MH370

The USS Kidd has moved to replace the USS Pinckney as the US continues to aid in the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8, 2014, shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, a Defense Department spokesman told Pentagon reporters March 14.

“The western search area is a large swath of water that includes the Andaman Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the northern portion of the Indian Ocean,” he explained. “So it’s a very large search area,” a spokesperson emphasized.

The USS Pinckney is en-route to Singapore for scheduled maintenance. A Navy P-3 Orion reported nothing found after a search in the Gulf of Thailand, he added.

COMMENT: Additionally, there’s a P-8A Poseidon on station now, which is there to replace the P-3. The P-8 will be searching the Bay of Bengal. The P-8A Poseidon is a long-range maritime patrol capability. The P-8A will provide enhanced capability.

The P-8A arrived at Kadena Air Base, Japan, in December 2013, as part of the Defense Department’s re-balance to the Asia-Pacific region.

The USS Kidd will be searching in the Andaman Sea, and into the Bay of Bengal. The P-8A Poseidon will search a much larger area: the southern portion of the Bay of Bengal and the northern portion of the Indian Ocean.

Malaysia says the hunt for the plane now involves 57 ships and 48 aircraft.