Syria chemical weapons to be destroyed by US Army on ship

Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall speaks to reporters during a visit to the American-owned ship Cape Ray in Portsmouth, Virginia, on January 2 to discuss the ship's upcoming mission to destroy chemical weapons from Syria. —Photo: Department of Defense

Newscast Media PORTSMOUTH, Virginia—Some 64 U.S. Army specialists are expected
to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard an American-owned ship,
the Cape Ray, to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

The nearly 200-meter-long ship, now in Portsmouth, will travel to a yet-to-be
specified location in the Mediterranean, where it will take on about 700 metric tons of
both mustard gas and “DF compound,” a component of the chemical weapon sarin
gas. Specialists will use two new, recently installed “field-deployable hydrolysis
systems” to neutralize the chemicals.

It’s expected the weapons destruction will take about 90 days. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>

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