SINGAPORE, March 18 (Xinhua) -- The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is offering further help to Malaysia in its efforts to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
The SAF said in a statement on Monday evening that it is offering the help of its Information Fusion Center which has a network of 13 military navies and 51 civilian shipping companies worldwide. The center has activated this network of ships to report any unusual sightings in designated search areas.
The center also has international liaison officers from 13 countries stationed in Singapore who can help coordinate actions from Australia, Brunei, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States.
It also said the Republic of Singapore Air Force Fokker-50 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, which was deployed to Butterworth Air Base in Malaysia on March 14, returned to Singapore on Monday evening, after Malaysia called off the search-and-locate operations in the South China Sea and the Malacca Strait.
The SAF said it stands ready to provide further assistance to support the international search-and-locate efforts for the aircraft, which suddenly vanished early on March 8 en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 on bard.