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Thu Dec 5, 2013, 04:25 PM

U.S. to begin sea trials for ship that could destroy Syria's chemical arms

Source: CNN

U.S. to begin sea trials for ship that could destroy Syria's chemical arms
By Barbara Starr
December 5th, 2013
03:01 PM ET

The U.S. plans to begin sea trials by the end of the month of a merchant marine ship with special equipment on board that can destroy much of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, according to a U.S. Defense Department official who briefed reporters.

The ship, the M/V Cape Ray, is now in port in the Norfolk area of Virginia being outfitted with a chemical weapons "neutralization" system developed by the Pentagon. If the trials go well and the Pentagon plan is accepted by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the ship could head to the region in January. The official, along with two others who briefed reporters, declined to be identified because the plan has not been approved by those international organizations.

The neutralization technology is called the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. It mixes chemical agents with water and other chemicals to significantly lower any toxicity. The remaining material will then be destroyed in a commercial waste disposal site. "Absolutely nothing will be dumped at sea," the official said, adding that the technology is "safe and environmentally sound."

While the system has been used in a limited fashion in the past, what is new is the ability to put it on a mobile platform like a ship. Two of the units are now being installed on the Cape Ray.


Read more: http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/05/u-s-to-begin-sea-trials-for-ship-that-could-destroy-syrias-chemical-arms/

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Thu Dec 5, 2013, 04:30 PM

1. Looking like Obama's Syria policy might actually prove a success

doubt he will get any credit for it.

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