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.