Rome - Everything is ready aboard the Cape Ray, the United States ship that is to destroy Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons. Currently the ship is docked at the Rota naval base, in south-western Spain, but it is ready to sail for Gioia Tauro, where it will take on its poisonous cargo as soon as it arrives from Syria. “If the Syrians complete the transfer on the 27th of April as they have promised, we’ll be in Italy in 2-3 days and ready for the operations in ten days,” say U.S. commanders.
Two Field-Deployable Hydrolysis Systems have been installed on the Cape Ray: These are titanium reactors for the neutralization of mustard gas and sarin precursors through hydrolysis, which will be used for the first time on the open sea. “It is the most innovative, safe, and controlled system for this type of operation,” explains Michael Lohan, spokesman for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. “The most important message I want to convey is that there will not be any negative effects on the environment.”