Syrian Chemical Weapon Neutralization: Final Stage

By George Backwell
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Chemical container loading. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desmond Parks

One of the final phases in the dismantling of Syrian chemical arsenal has been completed at the Italian southern port of Gioia Tauro, according to multiple media reports.

It took about 12 hours to tranship the 78 containers holding some 560 metric tons of chemicals that had been loaded aboard the Danish cargo ship Ark Futura at the Syrian port of Latakia to USNS Cape Ray.

The Cape Ray is specially equipped with two field-deployable hydrolysis systems capable of neutralizing the chemical agents, and is heading for international waters to complete the mission.

Pictured:  transfer of a container from MV Ark Futura, to USNS Cape Ray at the Medcenter Container Terminal.

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