US Navy sends destroyer to help in plane search

A Philippine Navy patrol boat provides security to the USS Pinckney (DDG 91) destroyer on the second day of its five-day port call Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the Manila South Harbor in Manila, Philippines. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is equipped with Vertical Launching System which is capable of housing a mixture of Tomahawk missiles and anti-submarine rockets as well as 62 caliber gun, 25mm machine guns and MK 32 triple torpedo tubes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A Philippine Navy patrol boat provides security to the USS Pinckney (DDG 91) destroyer on the second day of its five-day port call Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the Manila South Harbor in Manila, Philippines. The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer is equipped with Vertical Launching System which is capable of housing a mixture of Tomahawk missiles and anti-submarine rockets as well as 62 caliber gun, 25mm machine guns and MK 32 triple torpedo tubes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy says it has dispatched a warship to aid in the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner.

The USS Pinckney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, is on its way from international waters in the South China Sea to the southern coast of Vietnam to assist in the search for flight MH370. The Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard was flying to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when it fell off radar screens early Saturday.

The Pinckney carries two helicopters that can be used for search and rescue. It is expected to reach the search area within 24 hours.

Additionally, the Navy is deploying an Orion patrol and surveillance plane based in Okinawa. It will bring long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the search mission.

 

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