The navy's 7th Fleet determined that long-range naval aircraft are a more efficient means of looking for the plane or its debris, now that the search area has broadened into the southern Indian Ocean. Long-range Navy P-3 and P-8 surveillance aircraft remain involved in the search, Cmdr William Marks, a spokesman for the 7th Fleet, said in an emailed statement.
The decision was made in consultation with the government of Malaysia.
The USS Kidd, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that has been searching in the Indian Ocean, will return to its normal duties.
The Malaysian Airlines plane has been missing for more than a week. No debris or wreckage associated with the aircraft has been found.
The P-8 Poseidon and the P-3 Orion can cover up to 38,850 square kilometres in one nine-hour flight. The aircraft also are equipped with advanced surface search radars and electro-optical sensors and can fly at low altitudes if visual identification is needed.