Ocean Shield on route to Fleet Base West
2 May 2014—am
Mission 18 of sub-surface search operations is now complete. No debris was found.
Ocean Shield is now en-route to Fleet Base West to replenish supplies and personnel. Once the port visit is complete, the ship will return to the vicinity of its current search area and recommence the search with Phoenix's Bluefin-21.
Earlier this week, HMAS Toowoomba and MV Seahorse Standard returned to port while HMAS Success is continuing to steam towards Sydney and HMAS Perth is redeploying to operations in northern Australia. Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu has also been resupplying in port. The Malaysian supply vessel Bunga Mas is remaining in the search area with a number of Chinese vessels.
The last of the air search fleet, the two Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, are due to depart Perth International Airport tomorrow. One RAAF AP-3C Orion remains on standby to assist with search operations.