"US had deployed the USS Sampson, a guided  missile destroyer, and is ready to send another ship if needed to join the  search for Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501," , citing a statement issued by White House official Josh Earnest.

"We continue to work with Indonesia to  identify what additional resources may be required, and the US stands ready to  provide additional assistance during this difficult time," he said.

The Singapore-bound flight with 162 people on board lost contact with the air traffic control, 42 minutes after taking off from Surabaya Sunday. Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency confirmed Tuesday that the debris found in Karimata Strait is of the ill-fated jetliner.AirAsia Indonesia said family members of the passengers will be invited to Surabaya, where the recovered bodies will be identified.

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