By Jeremy Herb - 02/13/14 11:52 AM EST
The MV Cape Ray, the U.S. ship tasked with destroying Syria's chemical weapons, reached Spain on Thursday, where it will wait for Syria to finish dismantling its stockpiles.
A Pentagon spokesman said the Cape Ray will remain at the port in Rota, Spain, until Syria has completed removing its chemical weapons.
Once that happens, the cargo ship will move to the Italian port Gioia Tauro to take the chemicals on board for destruction.
The ship will then sail out to the Mediterranean Sea, where the destruction will take place. The mission is expected take as many as nine months as two hydrolysis units on the ship neutralize hundreds of tons of chemical weapons at sea.