U.S. Navy Assists in Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A U.S. Navy SH-60R Seahawk helicopter from the destroyer USS Pinckney departs the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand, March 9, 2014. The flight, which dropped off the radar of Subang, Indonesia, traffic controllers early Saturday morning while over the South China Sea, had 227 passengers from 14 nations and 12 crew members. The Seahawk is from the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78. U.S. Navy photo
  • A P-3C Orion patrol craft departs from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, March 9, 2014, to aid in the search of the missing the Malaysia Airlines flight. The P-3C brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts.  U.S. Navy photo
  • A U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter approaches to land aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney as part of the search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand, March 9, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris D. Boardman
  • A U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk helicopter lands aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney during a crew swap before returning to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand, March 9, 2014.  U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Chris D. Boardman
  • A U.S. Navy P-3C Orion patrol aircraft prepares to depart Subang, Indonesia, March 11, 2014, in search of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in the Gulf of Thailand. U.S. Navy photo
  • A helicopter assigned to the USS Kidd hoists U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Clayton Wirth after he pulled a life jacket from the Gulf of Thailand during the Malaysia Airlines flight search and rescue operations, March 11, 2014. The life jacket was not from the lost flight. Wirth is a naval air crewman and rescue swimmer assigned to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78. U.S. Navy photo