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Singapore focuses search for missing MAS airplane in the Malacca Strait

Published on Mar 15, 2014 8:50 PM
Republic of Singapore Navy personnel participating in the search and rescue operations in the South China Sea for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, on March 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP/REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE NAVY

Following Malaysia's announcement on Saturday afternoon that efforts in the South China Sea to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 had been called off, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) said it has recalled its ships and aircraft there.

Since March 8, when the plane disappeared, the SAF has supported the operation in the South China Sea with a C-130 aircraft, a Formidable-class frigate, a Victory-class missile corvette as well as a submarine support and rescue vessel with divers on board. These ships and aircraft along with SAF personnel have been called back to Singapore.

The SAF will continue to support the search operation in the Malacca Strait with a RSAF patrol aircraft, which was deployed to Butterworth Air Base in Malaysia on Friday.