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US ship, recon plane to aid Malaysia plane search

US Navy images shows the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney at San Diego Bay on September 16, 2013The Pentagon on Saturday dispatched a naval destroyer and a surveillance plane to aid in the search for a Malaysia Airlines jet that has disappeared in waters off Vietnam. US military officials said in a statement that the destroyer, the USS Pinckney, is currently en route to the southern coast of Vietnam to help search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The vessel carries two helicopters which can be equipped for search and rescue, the Pentagon said. The US military statement said a P-3C Orion reconnaissance plane also will depart shortly from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan aiding the effort with additional long-range search, radar and communications capabilities.

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