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NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The more than 250 men and women who were part of Patrol Squadron Sixteen are back home on the First Coast. That's after several months, and a list of missions overseas. One of those missions was helping the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. Dan Papp is the Commanding Officer, and says the mission was critical, since there are so many looking for answers.

"We hit it as hard as we could everyday," he said.

Crews searched for almost 400 hours over more than half a million square miles of the Indian Ocean. They dealt with challenges ranging from bad weather to changing search areas. Adam Schantz was one of the pilots on the P-8.

"For each one of those people missing, each one has a mother, father, sister, brother, so we're also working for those folks to give them closure for what is a pretty tragic loss," he said.

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