News & Events-Team supporting the UN elimination of Syrian chemical weapons receives commendation


The team responsible for the development of Large Access Devices - a unique system for drilling and subsequently sealing chemical storage containers - has received a Certificate of Commendation for their work. Frazer-Nash's Neil Jarvis played a pivotal role in the project's success.

Awarded by Sir Bernard Gray, the Chief of Defence Materiel (CDM), the commendation recognises the team's role in the delivery of Large Access Devices to the United States, in support of the elimination of chemical warfare agent from Syria.

The MOD's Defence Equipment and Support's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear delivery team (CBRN DT) joined with stakeholders, including engineering firm mmic eod and Frazer-Nash's Neil Jarvis, to develop a system that would support the high priority US destruction operation. This represented a significant engineering challenge; developing an innovative solution to a complex problem within a short timeline.

The challenge, known as 'Project CRADDY' involved the development of three devices capable of removing chemicals from all types and thicknesses of containers - remotely, and with no electrical power.

Despite tight timelines and high engineering risk, in February, after four very busy months, the tested devices were accepted and delivered to the US ship where the chemical agent destruction operations would take place. The project was delivered on time and to cost.

In his commendation Sir Bernard Gray, the Chief of Defence Materiel said: "Your Award is thoroughly well deserved recognition of the significant contributions that you have all made. Each of you will have been faced with many challenges to overcome within your areas of work. It is to your credit, therefore, that you have addressed these challenges head-on and succeeded."