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Two U.S. Navy Destroyers Assist in Search for Missing Malaysian Airliner

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USS Kidd (DDG-100) in 2012. US Navy Photo

USS Kidd (DDG-100) in 2012. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy has sent two destroyers and a maritime patrol aircraft to look for a Malaysian Airlines that went missing on Saturday.

USS Kidd (DDG-100) and USS Pinckney (DDG-91) are currently assisting search effort for the missing Boeing 777 in the Gulf of Thailand.

Each ship is equipped with two MH-60R helicopters searching the area in addition to other assets.

“The US Navy still has one maritime patrol aircraft, a P-3C Orion from the Grey Knights of Patrol Squadron 46 (VP-46), on station flying from Subang Jaya, Malaysia,” according to Monday a release from U.S. 7th Fleet.

Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur at Friday at 1p.m. EST en route to Beijing with a total of 239 people on board.

“For the aircraft to go missing just like that … as far as we are concerned, we are equally puzzled as well,” Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, director general of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Department was quoted in several press reports.

Officials lost track of the aircraft south of Thailand.

The U.S. joined search efforts from Vietnam, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and New Zealand and Malaysia.