US Navy Warships and Aircraft Part of International Effort to Locate Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet
USS Pinckney (DDG-91) is assigned to the US Navy’s 7th Fleet. She is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. She is named for Cook First Class William Pinckney (1915–1975), who received the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crewmember on board Enterprise (CV-6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz. (US Navy photo and caption courtesy of Wikipedia )
Admiral Commanding the U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F), is embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The flagship commands and controls the fleet. The 7th Fleet’s Area of Responsibility encompasses more than 48 million square miles (more than 124 million square kilometers)– from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south, and from the International Date Line to the 68th meridian east, which runs down from the India-Pakistan border.
Information above from website of US 7th Fleet which includes periodic updates from HQ 7th Fleet on the search for the missing airliner can be found here: http://www.navy.mil/local/c7f/
USS Kidd (DDG 100) is also an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer assigned to the US 7th Fleet. She is the third Navy ship named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who was on board Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was the first American flag officer to die in World War II. (Official US Navy photo with information in caption courtesy of wikipedia)
OKINAWA, Japan (March 9, 2014) A P-3C Orion patrol craft departs from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan to aid in the search efforts of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The P-3C brings long-range search, radar and communications capabilities to the efforts. The flight had 227 passengers from 14 nations, mainly China, and 12 crew members. According to the Malaysia Airlines website, three Americans, including one infant, were also aboard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
posted by Charles McCain, author of An Honorable German