The Chemical Ship

M/V Cape Ray

M/V Cape Ray

Chemical weapons are treated like nuclear or biological weapons. Somebody has to handle, transport, store, and dispose of them in a tidy fashion. A single mishap can be deadly, for any damage caused by such weapons is measured in kilometers. In 2013, the Syrian government surrendered its chemical armament to an allied coalition that will, in time, destroy those nasty toys. This is the ship to make it happen.

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Farewell, Enterprise

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in 1968.

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) in 1968.

USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was the spearhead of the 1960s nuclear navy. The mighty aircraft carrier offered Cold War technology and capability hardly rivaled until the launch of the Nimitz class. Years ago, my cousin gave me a Navy ball cap with the likeness and hull number of CVN-65 embroidered on the front. Now I want to find the hat and wash it:  Enterprise is destined for the scrapyard over the next decade, and like a kid supporting his favorite team, I want to proudly display my memorabilia.

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