Some 20 years ago today, on 12 October 2000, while she was being refueled in Yemen’s Aden harbor, the Ingalls-built Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67), was attacked by terrorists who left 17 sailors dead and 39 others seriously injured, damaging the ship to the point that she was almost lost.
Her crew endured, and the lessons learned from that attack have helped mold current DC and topside security protocals.
Today, almost a quarter-century after her commissioning, USS Cole is still very much on active duty.
An extensive tour of the “Determined Warrior,” below:
May 21, 2014 Fleet week: Participants at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y., render honors while the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) passes under the Verrazano Bridge during Parade of Ships. Fleet Week New York, now in its 26th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea service. The Week-long celebration is an opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsman, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of the maritime service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julio Rivera/Released)
Note to the gun junkies out there, is this a M102 105mm light howitzer? UPDATE: Gun in question is a 75mm Pack Howitzer and the crew is composed of members of the Veteran Corps of Artillery, State of New York (for more info click here). The unit was founded in November, 1790 and is the second oldest Historic Military Command in America.