Photo Credit: Maj. Misti Frodyma, Military Asst. to the Under SecArmy
Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal accompanied Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, and other key officials from the Department of Defense, to meet with Army civilians responsible for installing the Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems aboard the U.S. Navy's MV Cape Ray, in Portsmouth, Va., Jan. 2, 2014.
The recently-outfitted MV Cape Ray will participate in a United Nations mission to destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons stockpile. Approximately 60 Army civilians will be aboard the vessel when it receives an official order to support this joint mission.
The 648-foot MV Cape Ray, built in 1977, is generally used to transport vehicles to war zones from the United States. The ship has been outfitted, by Army civilians, with two portable hydrolysis systems designed to neutralize chemicals weapons in Syria's arsenal.