MELBOURNE: An Australian woman has been tasked to spearhead a tough search mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Captain Allison Norris, the commanding officer of Australia’s second largest ship, HMAS Success, told News Corp via satellite phone that her ship and its 220-strong crew were ready for any challenge.
Norris was expecting the weather and search conditions to deteriorate over the weekend.
“That does hamper our ability to search and recover,” she said.
If the ship found any debris from the missing aircraft, her crew would attempt to retrieve it using the ship’s inflatable boats and possibly its crane, she said.
“Additional lookouts will be posted and we will brief the crew on what to look for,” she said.
Norris has been in the navy since 1987 as a seaman officer and warfare specialist.
She was the Commanding Officer of the frigate HMAS Melbourne before being posted ashore and took command of Success in December 2012.
She was executive officer on Melbourne during a deployment to the Gulf under Operation Catalyst and also served on board HMAS Sydney during a Middle East deployment.
Norris said the crew was well aware of the importance of the operation.
“They have all seen the pictures on the news.” — Bernama