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The Australian navy has deployed divers in the southern Indian Ocean in the search for debris from missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

A series of photos released on Tuesday show fast response craft from the Australian ship Ocean Shield assisting in the complex search operation.

The hunt for the missing jet is on track to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, becoming the most expensive search in aviation history with 26 countries contributing planes, ships, submarines and satellites.

A fast response craft from the Australian ship Ocean Shield tows Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael Arnold through the water on April 7, 2014.Bradley Darvill / Australian Defence Force via AP
Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael Arnold searches the ocean for debris.Australian Defence Force via Reuters
Able Seaman Clearance Divers Michael Arnold, left, and Matthew Johnston scan the water for debris.Ryan Davis / Australian Defence Force via EPA