M55 Rocket Separation Operation Concludes
BLUE GRASS ARMY DEPOT, Richmond, Ky. May 13, 2014. – The Blue Grass Chemical Activity (BGCA)separated the last M55 rocket motor as part of the M55 Rocket Motor Separation Operation
The operation, which began on March 26, 2014, was completed safely and without incident
and was in support of propellant analyses which will validate the rocket propellant stability as well as determine best practices for the continued safe storage and future demilitarization
BGCA separated a total of 42 M55 rocket motors from their warheads. The warhead, which
contains the chemical agent, was overpacked into a single round container and placed into a
storage igloo until future demilitarization by the Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot
The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) in
Picatinny N.J. will be shipped 23 rocket motors, which contain propellant, for compositional
analyses and sensitivity testing. Upon completion of propellant analyses and testing by
ARDEC, the rocket motors will be destroyed on-site. Each rocket motor has been certified free
of chemical agent.
The remaining 19 rocket motors were placed into storage for future testing by the Program
Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives.
Madison County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Emergency Management Agencies, as
well as the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection, were kept informed during all
aspects of the M55 Rocket Separation Operation.
BGCA ensured the operation was completed in a safe, efficient and environmentally respectful