Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant munitions transporters achieved a milestone July 5 when they safely transported their 1,000th truckload of mustard agent-filled munitions.
“We safely delivered 1,000 truckloads of munitions from storage at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot to PCAPP,” said Finn Norby, operations support manager. “Munitions transporters have done the same job, no accidents or issues, on the 1,000th transfer as they did on the first.”
The munitions are transported via Modified Ammunition Vehicles, custom designed cargo trucks equipped with monitoring and filtration ports to detect traces of chemical agent and provide early warning in the unlikely event of an agent release.
Once at the pilot plant, the munitions are stored in a Munitions Service Magazine to await enhanced reconfiguration, whereby a Projectile/Mortar Disassembly system dismantles the munition, or baseline reconfiguration, the process of removing projectiles and mortar rounds from wooden boxes and fiberboard tubes for destruction at a later date.
Sept. 7, 2016 marked the first delivery and subsequent start of agent operations at the pilot plant. As of July 20, 47,111 munitions have been destroyed.