Three vessels involved in the current Phase One of the search operation for the missing flight MH370 have left the search location in the Indian Ocean, but two of them will return.

The Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), which oversees the search, said GO Phoenix ceased the deep-sea operation on June 20, with its contract reported to have ended.

The other two vessels, Fugro Discovery and Fugro Equator, had left the area for port visits to resupply, which is deemed as a routine and necessary part of search operations, JACC said in a statement.

“Over the coming week, neither vessel will be in the search area as they transit to and from the Port of Fremantle. Following resupply, both vessels will return to the search area,” the agency said.

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