RMN fleet commander Vice-Admiral Datuk Mohamad Roslan Ramli said KD Mutiara would report to the Military Coordination Sub Surface based in Perth, Australia, once it reached the southern Indian Ocean on August 18.

"KD Mutiara can employ the bathymetric measurement for objects on the ocean bed up to 11,000m deep using single-beam echosounder and another system using multi-beam echosounder that can provide measurement of objects up to 7,000m deep."

He said this after flagging off KD Mutiara, staffed with 19 officers and 118 others.

Roslan said “50% of the sectors in the southern Indian Ocean had been covered in the search of MH370 aircraft so far and the search in the remaining sectors would continue until the aircraft has been located”.

Flight MH370 dropped off the radar on March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board. – Bernama, August 4, 2014.