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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local navy squadron is flying a mission half way around the world to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that disappeared on March 8.

VP-16, stationed at NAS Jacksonville, is home to the War Eagles who now fly P-8A Poseidon aircraft that are equipped with the latest technology for search and surveillance.

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"The United States has the very best in ocean tracking" said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson on Monday commenting on the the international effort to find the missing jetliner.

A crew of 9 already stationed overseas from the local Navy base got called into action late last week.

NAS Jacksonville has a dozen of the jet aircraft that can fly higher, faster and farther than the propeller planes used for decades.

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