AirAsia QZ8501: 4 Singapore navy ships conduct operations in search area

The MV Swift Rescue arrived at the assigned search sector in adverse weather conditions off the South Coast of Borneo on Jan 1.

The Republic of Singapore Navy MV Swift Rescue vessel today arrived at the search area for the AirAsia jet that crashed in the Java sea on Sunday.

This was announced in a government statement released this afternoon.

The submarine support and rescue vessel joined three other Singapore navy ships which were already helping out in search and rescue operations in the search zone - the Formidable-class frigate (RSS Supreme), Victory-class missile corvette (RSS Valour), and Endurance-class landing ship tank (RSS Persistence).

The Ministry of Defence statement also said the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) team was also flown to RSS Persistence this afternoon. The Bedok-class mine countermeasure vessel (MCMV) RSS Kallang will reach the search area tomorrow, it added.

To date, the Singapore Armed Forces has contributed two C-130 aircraft, two Super Puma helicopters, five navy ships and a 6-man AUV team in the regional search efforts.