Chandio playing a vital role in search mission

Published on CMDR Kenneth Stevenson (author), ABIS Julianne Cropley (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Success (OR 304)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Bilawal Chandio stands watch onboard HMAS Success during the ship’s deployment to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. (photo: ABIS Julianne Cropley)
Able Seaman Electronics Technician Bilawal Chandio stands watch onboard HMAS Success during the ship’s deployment to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Bilawal Chandio, a crew member on the Royal Australian Navy supply ship HMAS Success, says all of his shipmates are focused on the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“Everyone onboard the ship is chipping in and enthusiastic about supporting the search for wreckage from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370,” AB Chandio said.

AB Chandio’s role during the search is to maintain the ship’s Ultra High Frequency and High Frequency radio systems which are critical to maintaining contact with all assets in the search area, both ships and aircraft.

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Bilawal Chandio of HMAS Success does routine checks on the ship’s antenna control unit while deployed in search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Bilawal Chandio of HMAS Success does routine checks on the ship’s antenna control unit while is deployed in search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

“So far during the search I have seen HMAS Toowoomba, one of the Chinese ships and Australian, Japanese and New Zealand aircraft. It is handy having so much help from other countries as we search for the missing aircraft.

“I think it’s great that we are here as a Navy, as this is one of our primary roles and we can help our neighbouring countries during times of trouble,” he said.

Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC is leading a Joint Agency Coordination Centre (the JACC) that is based in Perth to coordinate the Australian Government’s support for the search into MH370.

The Joint Task Force 658 Headquarters at Fleet Base West is facilitating support to the military forces engaged in the air and sea search.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) continues to coordinate the search from the Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra in conjunction with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).