Search for MH370: Why Malaysian submarines are not being sent

Yahoo Newsroom9 March 2014
A Singapore naval officer stretches by a Submarine Rescue Vehicle on board the MV Swift Rescue, a private submarine rescue vessel contracted to the Republic of Singapore Navy on Thursday May 19, 2011 in Singapore during the International Maritime Defense Show.(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
A Singapore naval officer stretches by a Submarine Rescue Vehicle on board the MV Swift Rescue, a private submarine rescue vessel contracted to the Republic of Singapore Navy on Thursday May 19, 2011 in Singapore during the International Maritime Defense Show.

Malaysian defence minister Hishamuddin said on Sunday that Malaysian submarines are not being sent to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 because they are not "equipped for search and rescue".

This comes after people took to Twitter to ask why Malaysia was not deploying its own submarines to locate the jet.

Given the length of time since authorities last made contact with MH370, as well as the absence of floating wreckage, it is believed an underwater search should now be conducted to scour the seabed instead.

Singapore has sent a Submarine Support & Rescue Vessel to aid in search-and-rescue efforts for the Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard, believed to have crashed in the ocean off south Vietnam.