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Posted on 06/25/2014 7:07:40 PM PDT by robowombat
Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons
By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 12:48 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 12:52 PM
The U.S. ship that was quickly put into service to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons has departed Rota, Spain to take on the arms at an Italian port, Pentagon officials announced on Wednesday.
MV Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679) will take on the chemical weapons at Gioia Tauro and neutralize the weapons taken from the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as part of a deal negotiated by the United Nations that prevented U.S. retaliatory strikes for alleged 2013 chemical attacks.
After the transfer is complete, the Cape Ray will depart Gioia Tauro for international waters to begin neutralization of the chemical agents using the embarked field deployable hydrolysis system, said Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby in a Wednesday morning statement.
Cape Ray is underway with an U.S. Army Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, setup in the ships hold.
We expect to deal with about 700 tons on the ship. And we have the capacity to deal with that, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters in January. The total amount of time were allowing for the actual destruction operations is about 90 days.
The ship originally departed the U.S. in January.
We will work hard to destroy these materials so they never again pose a threat to the Syrian people or Americas allies in the region, Kirby said in a statement.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Tuesday all of Syrias declared chemical weapons had been transported out of the country on a Danish cargo ship.
We cannot say for sure [Syria] has no more chemical weapons, OPCWs Ahmet Uzumcu said in a CNN report. All we can do is work on the basis of verifying a countrys declarations of what they have. I would not make any speculation to possible remaining assets, substances, chemical weapons.
Some reports from Syria indicate the regime may be using chlorine gas as a terror weapon as a way around U.N. Security Council resolution 2118.
... strange-looking ship!
Merchant ships are often built to convert to military use.
This one was recently converted specifically to destroy the Syrian chemical weapons.
Coincidentally I am watching a documentary on how Israel
found & destroyed the North Korean built Syrian nuclear bomb facility.
I’ve been on that ship. I did some engine work on her last year when we moved her from Jacksonville to charleston. It’s an old car hauler. All of the ready fleet is. It’s got a couple sisters still in Jacksonville.
Oh yes, those Weapons of Mass Destruction. I wonder where the heck Syria could have gotten ahold of those ...
And that is how you properly dispose of chemical weapons. You do not bomb the facilities. Putin came up with a brilliant move in the Syria standoff. Of course, if Assad is smart, he will have kept more then just a few.
Surprise : ‘Disarmed’ Assad Regime Has Benn Hiding Chemical Weapons Facilities
So Assad is smart. Moral of the story is that it is difficult to get rid of WMD. Just ask the US troops that were guarding the Dragons Eggs.