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Stephanie Cannon '06 July 8, 2014 9:04 AM

The MV Cape Ray, the United States cargo vessel loaded with hundreds of tons of Syria's chemical weapons, left an Italian port last Wednesday to destroy the arms at sea as part of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapon stockpile.

Capt. Rick Jordan ’80 is the civilian captain of Cape Ray.  

The Cape Ray was heading into the open sea where it will neutralize the chemicals--including mustard gas and the raw materials for sarin nerve gas--with special machinery outfitted in its cargo hold.

In a statement from the U.S. Defense Department, neutralization is expected to take several weeks to complete.

Read more about this operation at

To read more about Jordan, visit

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