9 Chinese vessels to sail off from Singapore to search for missing plane
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-19 14:32:08 | Editor: Zhu Ningzhu

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Staff members of rescue vessel Haixun 01 board a boat to deliver marine charts to rescue vessel Nanhaijiu 101 on March 19, 2014. Nine vessels, including China's largest rescue ship Haixun 01, will sail off from Singapore to waters southeast of the Bay of Bengal and west of Indonesia, covering an area of 300,000 square kilometers, said the national maritime search and rescue center. (Xinhua/Chen Weiwei) 

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