USS Pinckney helps in search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane

GULF OF THAILAND (March 9, 2014) A U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 departs guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
GULF OF THAILAND (March 9, 2014) A U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78 departs guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

GULF OF THAILAND (NNS) — A Navy P-3C Orion and an MH-60R helicopter launched from USS Pinckney (DDG 91) are searching over the last known communication and radar positions of Malaysia Airlines MH370, March 9, 2014.

There has been no report of debris sighted at this time.

The P-3 took off from Okinawa and arrived on station early afternoon March 9, with approximately three hours of fuel remaining for searching the site.

Pinckney was diverted from a training mission in the South China Sea to search for signs of the missing aircraft. Its MH-60R Seahawk helicopters are designed search and rescue, as well as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance, communications relay, naval gunfire support and logistics support. It can fly a maximum of 180 knots with a ceiling of13,000 ft. and maximum range of 245 Nautical Miles.

USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194) is en route to the scene to provide underway fuel and logistics replenishment, ensuring Pinckney and its helicopters can maximize their time on station.

OKINAWA, Japan (March 9, 2014) A P-3C Orion patrol craft departs from Kadena Air Base to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The P-3C brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
OKINAWA, Japan (March 9, 2014) A P-3C Orion patrol craft departs from Kadena Air Base to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The P-3C brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
140309-N-ZZ999-005 GULF OF THAILAND (March 9, 2014) A U.S. Navy SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) departs to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
140309-N-ZZ999-005 GULF OF THAILAND (March 9, 2014) A U.S. Navy SH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) departs to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
GULF OF THAILAND (March 9, 2014) A U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, Det 2, assigned to the guided-missile Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), lands aboard Pinckney during a crew swap before returning on task in the search and rescue for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris D. Boardman/Released)
GULF OF THAILAND (March 9, 2014) A U.S. Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, Det 2, assigned to the guided-missile Destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91), lands aboard Pinckney during a crew swap before returning on task in the search and rescue for the missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris D. Boardman/Released)
110518-N-OY799-093 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) is underway in the Pacific Ocean. Kidd is part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and is participating in a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)
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PACIFIC OCEAN (May 18, 2011) The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) is underway in the Pacific Ocean. Kidd is part of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group and is participating in a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

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