NORFOLK, Va. – A ceremony was held at the USS Cole Memorial at Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday in remembrance of the attack on the guided-missile destroyer.
USS Cole (DDG 67) was attacked by members of al-Qaeda on October 12, 2000. Terrorists used a small vessel posing as a trash barge to close in on the ship before detonating an improvised explosive device, which tore a massive hole in the side of the ship. Seventeen Sailors were killed and 37 were injured in the attack.
The ship recently returned from a successful deployment to the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of operation. This was the second time the USS Cole operated in the area since the 2000 terrorist attack.