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U.S. Plans to Neutralize Syrian Chemical Weapons at Sea

The Pentagon is outfitting a Navy auxiliary ship with mobile units capable of neutralizing Syria’s poison gas and chemicals used to make nerve gas 45 to 90 days after receiving them, two U.S. defense officials said.

The equipment is being installed on the MV Cape Ray, a cargo ship operated by the U.S. Maritime Administration, and will be ready to sail by early January to a port yet to be chosen, the officials told reporters yesterday at the Pentagon, asking not to be identified discussing operational matters.