U.K. Sub Joins Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
The U.K.’s Ministry of Defence said the HMS Tireless, a Trafalgar class submarine, had arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to help with search for Flight 370’s black box recorder.
It will soon be joined by Royal Navy coastal survey ship HMS Echo.
The submarine joins a multinational search force that is looking for the missing Boeing 777-200, which disappeared on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The search has largely consisted of a combination of analysis of satellite images and radar data combined with visual searches from aircraft and moved last Friday to a more northerly position in the southern Indian Ocean.
The HMS Tireless entered service in 1984, holds a crew of 148, and has a top speed of 32 knots. It is a nuclear-powered submarine and was designed to hunt for and destroy enemy subs as well as surface ships.
The Ministry of Defence said that the sub’s equipment might be able to locate signals from Flight 37’s black boxes, and it could also be used to search for wreckage on the ocean floor.
(Photo: U.S. Navy)