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Missing MH370: Full List of Ships, Planes in Indian Ocean Search

Searchers from six countries are scouring the southern Indian Ocean to recover debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

The operation is a race against time as investigators scramble to find the doomed flight's "black boxes" — the voice and data recorders that may help officials solve one of the most complex mysteries in aviation history — before ocean currents make recovery impossible.

Here's a snapshot of the military assets and technological tools deployed to date in the search:

The United States

  • (1) Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft
  • (1) Navy Towed Pinger Locator (TPL), which can detect a black box "ping"
  • (1) Bluefin Robotics Corp. unmanned "mini-sub"

Image: A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion
A Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion parks on the tarmac at an air force base north of Perth on Monday following its return from a search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Jason Reed / Pool via AP

Australia

  • HMAS Success, a Royal Australian Navy ship
  • (4) Royal Australian Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft

China

  • Xue Long ("Snow Dragon"), a polar supply ship
  • (2) Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft

Image: A man takes a photo of Chinese icebreaker Xuelong
A man takes a photo of the icebreaker Xuelong, literally "Snow Dragon," berthed in Qingdao port, China, in 2012. AFP - Getty Images file

Japan

  • (1) P-3 Orion aircraft

New Zealand

  • (1) Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft

South Korea

  • (1) P-3 Orion aircraft

A total of five civil aircraft - a Bombardier Global Express, Gulfstream 5 and an Airbus 319, four of them from Australia, one from New Zealand - and six merchant ships are also assisting in the search, according to the Australia Maritime Safety Authority. All the information was correct as of 4 a.m. ET Wednesday.

— Ziad Jaber and Daniel Arkin

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