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Singapore sends warships, helicopter to search for missing MAS flight. - The Straits Times
SINGAPORE: Singapore has sent two warships and a naval helicopter to help in the six-country search for the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane that went missing on Saturday.
This is in addition to a military airplane that was deployed on Saturday, and a rescue submarine - equipped to perform underwater search and has divers on board - that will be sent on Sunday.
In a post on its Facebook page at about 9am on Sunday, the Republic of Singapore Navy said that its frigate, missile corvette and Sikorsky S-70B naval helicopter has joined in the search for MAS flight MH370 since 2am on Sunday.
It added that its SSRV MV Swift Rescue submarine, which has been preparing for the operation through the night, will join in later on Sunday.
In a tweet on Sunday morning, the Singapore Army wished them success.
Earlier, on Saturday, a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 aircraft took off at noon to assist in the search, which the RSAF, Singapore Rescue Co-ordination Centre and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore are helping to coordinate.
Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen called his counterpart, Malaysia Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, on Saturday night to convey Singapore's sympathies and offer assistance.
On top of the plane, he also offered the use of the submarine, which Mr Hishamuddin accepted.
On Saturday, both Singapore’s Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, and Chief of Air Force, Major-General Hoo Cher Mou, spoke to their counterparts, the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Haji Jaafar, and the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, General Tan Sri Dato Sri Rodzali Daud, to coordinate the details of the Singapore Armed Forces' assistance and offer additional assistance if required.
Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, China and the United States are involved in the search for the missing plane.
The Boeing 777-200 aircraft, which was bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, took off just after midnight on Saturday, and lost radar contact 50 minutes later.
It was carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members from 14 countries and Taiwan. There were no Singaporeans on board.
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missing flight, MAS, Singapore navy, MH370, Beijing, KL
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