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The search for Malaysia Flight MH370 now spans a 2 million-plus square mile area of open ocean and southeast Asian land, including the island known as Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean.

Many theories on the location of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have included Diego Garcia as a notable landing strip.

The island atoll is a British territory in the central Indian Ocean and is home to a United States Navy support facility — not a U.S. base, but a home for 1700 military personnel, 1,500 civilian contractors, and an inventory of Naval equipment.

Diego Garcia island is named after 16th century Spanish explorer Diego Garcia de Moguer. The island gained notoriety in the past 10 years after claims surfaced that the U.S. used Diego Garcia to transport and detain alleged terrorists.

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