Malaysian frigate joins coalition search for MH370

Published on LTCOL Michael Harris (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West, WA

Topic(s): Operations, HMAS Stirling

Malaysian warship KD Lekiu departs from Fleet Base West to assist with the search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Malaysian warship KD Lekiu departs from Fleet Base West to assist with the search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Malaysian frigate KD Lekiu has departed HMAS Stirling after 72 hours in port to resupply in preparation for search operations in an area 1700km west of Perth.

The crew of KD Lekiu has been briefed on search efforts for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Commander of Joint Task Force 658, Commodore Peter Leavy said the Malaysian maritime contribution was a welcome addition to the two Malaysian aircraft that have been conducting search operations from RAAF Base Pearce.

“The contribution of the Malaysian ship’s crew will bring further resources to the difficult task of searching for evidence of the fate of flight MH370,” Commodore Leavy said.

“The coalition of aircraft and surface vessels will continue to scour the large search area until we are assured there is little chance that physical evidence will be found.

“Until then, we will assign as many resources as can be safely coordinated,” he said.

Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20140863.