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Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons
USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 12:52 PM | Sam LaGrone

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 ship’s 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 we’re 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 America’s allies in the region,” Kirby said in a statement.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Tuesday all of Syria’s 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,” OPCW’s Ahmet Uzumcu said in a CNN report. “All we can do is work on the basis of verifying a country’s 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.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Syria
KEYWORDS: chemicalweapons; syria

1 posted on 06/25/2014 7:07:40 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

... strange-looking ship!

2 posted on 06/25/2014 7:11:38 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: Ken522

Looks like nothing more than a converted cargo ship painted gray with some add’l structures and the cargo hold modified.

3 posted on 06/25/2014 7:22:51 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle
It was originally a Saudi cargo ship. US has had it in its reserve fleet for awhile.

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.

4 posted on 06/25/2014 7:38:18 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: robowombat

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.

5 posted on 06/25/2014 7:53:17 PM PDT by barmag25 (There is nothing that a man needs that he can't find in the North Georgia mountains.)
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To: robowombat

Oh yes, those Weapons of Mass Destruction. I wonder where the heck Syria could have gotten ahold of those ...

6 posted on 06/25/2014 7:56:25 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: barmag25
Ok, I'm confused. You did some engine work but your home page has deckie insignias:) Dually License?
7 posted on 06/25/2014 8:16:28 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: robowombat

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.

8 posted on 06/25/2014 8:59:27 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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