When the MV Swift Rescue set sailed from Changi Naval Base on Dec 30 in search for the doomed AirAsia Flight QZ8501, the support-and-recovery vessel did not know the role it was eventually going to play in solving the plane's ill-fated journey.
After 16 days combing the Java Sea, it fulfilled its mission by locating the fuselage of the Airbus 320-200 on Wednesday (Jan 14). The wreckage - with wings - was about 26m long and about 2km from the place where the tail was found. It is believed to hold most of the passengers.
The Straits Times, who joined the ship for the first 12 days on its voyage, speaks to two of the 35 Navy personnel on board MV Swift Rescue on their motivations of joining the multinational search operation.
Shot and Produced by
Seah Kwang Peng
Aw Cheng Wei
Copyright: The Straits Times 2015