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Royal Navy submarine helps with search for missing flight

File photo dated 01/03/12 of the Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless as it has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire PPP-140104-192827001

File photo dated 01/03/12 of the Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless as it has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Picture: Chris Ison/PA Wire PPP-140104-192827001

 

Royal Navy submarine HMS Tireless has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to help in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Trafalgar Class submarine arrived yesterday in the area – the focus of the search for the missing Boeing 777 – where it will help in the hunt for the plane’s flight recorders.

Flight MH370, bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board, with a three-week search finding no sign of it.

The search area, which has repeatedly shifted as experts analyse radar and satellite data, is currently focused on a 98,000-square mile area off Perth, Australia.

HMS Tireless has advanced underwater search capability which it is hoped will help in the hunt for the missing jet.

It is just one part of the UK’s contribution to the search, with HMS Echo due to arrive in the southern Indian Ocean to help in the hunt for the plane’s black box, as well as helping in the search for debris on the surface.

Britain is also helping with technical assistance and specialist capabilities from across the Ministry of Defence, the Hydrographic Office, Department for Transport and the Met Office to help try to find flight MH370.

Four RAF personnel on secondment to the Royal Australian Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Forces are also actively involved in maritime search operations.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: ‘While we do not routinely comment on submarine operations, we can, exceptionally, confirm that HMS Tireless has been tasked to assist in the humanitarian search mission for Flight MH370.

‘We do not comment on the operational capabilities of our submarines.’

 

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