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Lack of air patrol is extraordinary

THE search in the southern Indian Ocean for the Malaysia Airlines aircraft points up the UK's stark lack of military capability.

Such a search can only be done with sophisticated, long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft. The Australians, the New Zealanders, and, of course, the Americans have provided Orion aircraft.

This should be an area where the UK might be able to help... (However) since 2010, when we grounded our current Nimrods and decided not to carry on with a newer version, the UK has had no maritime air patrol capability.

SEAN MOFFETT

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