ADV Ocean Shield Arrives Back in Search Area
14 May 2014—pm
After a short port visit, the ADV Ocean Shield yesterday returned to the vicinity of the acoustic signals acquired by the Towed Pinger Locator in April to continue the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was deployed from Ocean Shield yesterday afternoon but was recovered about two hours later to investigate communications problems. Work continues to rectify the issue and to date, Bluefin-21 has not redeployed.
The international search effort presently includes assets from Australia, the People's Republic of China, Malaysia and the United States.
The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) has relocated from Perth to Canberra and is based at the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
The JACC now includes a Military Coordination and Sub-Surface Planning Cell, which includes a Royal Australian Navy Hydrographer and US Navy Sea Systems Command representative.
Preparations to conduct the bathymetric survey are continuing. A Chinese survey ship is now in the search area and will assist in preparations for future operations.
Vessels from Australia, Malaysia and China and a RAAF aircraft remain on standby should any debris on the surface require investigation.