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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-053-14
January 27, 2014

Secretary Hagel Message to the Crew of the M/V Cape Ray

To Captain Jordan and the crew of the MV Cape Ray:

All of America wishes you well as you prepare to depart on your historic mission.

You are about to accomplish something no one has tried. You will be destroying, at sea, one of the world's largest stockpiles of chemical weapons and helping make a safer world.

As you all know, your task will not be easy. Your days will be long and rigorous. But your hard work, preparation and dedication will make the difference.

You are ready. We all have complete confidence in each of you. You represent the best of our nation, not only because of your expertise and commitment, but because of your willingness to serve when called upon. For that, we will always be grateful. We are also grateful to your families for the love and support they have given you.

On behalf of our country and the American people, I wish you much success. Take care of yourselves. God Bless you all.

Sincerely,

Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense