Day 17: Australian ship to arrive in 3-4 days

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, left, listens to Lt. Cmdr. Mark Taylor, the RAN liason officer at the rescue coordination center of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra, Sunday, March 23 2014. Planes and ships scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Graham Tidy, Pool)

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, left, listens to Lt. Cmdr. Mark Taylor, the RAN liason officer at the rescue coordination center of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra, Sunday, March 23 2014. Planes and ships scrambled Sunday to find a pallet and other debris in a remote patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether the objects were from the Malaysia Airlines jet that has been missing for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Graham Tidy, Pool)

By the Associated Press

An Australian defense official said an Australian navy support vessel, the Ocean Shield, was also moving into the search zone and would arrive in three or four days. The ship is equipped with acoustic detection equipment that can search for the missing plane’s black box.

There was no sign the moves was linked to any breakthrough in the mystery of the plane, but rather as a preparation.

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