Missing MH370: Search Crews 'Acutely Aware' Of Anxious Families

Australian Flight Lieutenant Jason Nichols (L), on board a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, looks ahead towards the HMAS Success as they search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 debris or wreckage in the southern Indian Ocean on March 22, 2014. The Orion under took a four-hour journey to search an area approximately 2,500 kms southwest of Perth, two hours on station searching at about 400 feet above the ocean, and then a four-hour return. China released on March 22 a new satellite image of a large floating object possibly linked to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, boosting search efforts as anger with the pace of the operation boiled over among Chinese relatives in Beijing. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Rob GriffithROB GRIFFITH/AFP/Getty ImagesROB GRIFFITH / AFP - Getty Images

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The 200-strong crew of an Australian navy ship hunting for possible signs of missing flight MH370 is “acutely aware” that families are anxious for news, its commander said Sunday.

“Morale is good” despite the lack of positive sightings of any of the objects spotted by satellites in the remote corner of the southern Indian Ocean, HMAS Success commanding officer Captain Allison Norris said in an Internet audio post by Australian search and rescue officials.

“We are working very closely with AMSA and headquarters joint operation command to ensure we have the most up to date information on the search area,” she said.

The crew of a Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion looks ahead towards the HMAS Success as they search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.ROB GRIFFITH / AFP - Getty Images

“We are also expecting specialist assets from other countries including China and the U.K. and we expect to work very closely with them to co-ordinate the search.”

She added: “The ships’ company are acutely aware that are families of 239 people who were on board that aircraft and we see it as our role to do whatever we can to provide them the answers they deserve.”

Alastair Jamieson