Ten years later, attack on the USS Cole (21 HQ Photos)

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On October 12 of 2000 while refueling in the port of Aden in Yemeni, the USS Cole was attacked by suicide bombers. 17 American sailors were killed and 39 were injured. In 2008, USS Cole was back to patrol the coast of Lebanon on its first mission after the attack. Thank you to the lost and injured of the USS Cole.

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  • Laura46

    I was a kid when this happened
    now it seems more tragic and real
    Thank you to those lost on the USS Cole

  • John

    when i was in the Navy the injured came to Portsmouth Naval Hospital. i had the Honor of taking care of the 39 injured.

  • Anonymous

    The first photo is NOT of the COLE – that looks like the USS Stark – the one that was hit by the Iraqi’s.

  • BrutalDeluxe

    This is why I never feel bad when we jam a cruise missile up someone's ass.

  • FighingCorsair

    What is the significance of the formation in pic 20?

    • Rick

      In short, it honors the crew as opposed to just an individual. "E"=effectiveness, as in operational effectiveness / it is also awarded for war time readiness

      • FightingCorsair

        Thank you.

      • NELSON

        "THE BATTLE "E"" SAYS THAT THEY WERE "EXCELLENT" IN EVERY ASPECT, DEPARTMENT ON THE SHIP. YOU WOULD SEE THE PAINTE "E" ON EITHER THE STACK OR ON THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF A NAVY SHIP, DIFFERENT COLORS WOULD MEAN DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS EARNED THEM SPECIFICALLY.

  • equalizermax

    How did a small boat managed to get close and attach a Hi-tech battle ship like this?
    mmmmhhhhh……..

    • Scott

      ROE handicap our military.

      • Cpl. V USMC

        Negative. The ship's CO was relived of his command for failing to post security forces along the ship's outer p-ways and flight deck.

      • Rick

        just in case (for those in business school) the ROE that Scott is referring to means "Rules of Engagement". This was, and still is, a major subject that came up after the attack on USS Cole. (F-ing politics)

  • Cpl. V USMC

    I was there as part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit on board the USS Tarawa. We were the first ones to get there after the bombing. I'll never forget the crew of the Cole as they came aboard our ship and just kind of hung out in the smoking pit trying to assess WTF just happened. Some of the sailors just smoked and joked and talked fondly about their fellow shipmates that died, and other just had this haunted look about them. I am proud to have been there. I just wish we could have gotten some f**kin payback. Semper Fi.

    • Stevo

      There's no payback to suicide bombers, part of what makes them so effective, is that their organization is so hard to strike in a traditional manner.

    • Scott

      Thank you for your service.

  • turdfergusson

    This is sad.

    That barge that comes up underneath a boat to pick it up is pretty awesome though.

  • Coldzilla

    17 American sailors were killed and 39 were injured

    ** salutes **

    • Adnan

      The slightest imfpreection of machining in the gearbox’s componentry, fashioned months before, might have been lying in wait, ready to explode like Apollo 13 s oxygen tanks. Any sort of computer hiccup in the fuel-delivery system pumping 10 liters per minute into the quad-turbo, 8-liter, 16-cylinder, 1,200-horsepower reactor behind the seats could have upset the car’s aero balance, sending it careering across the track like an arrow that’s lost its fletching.10 liters/minute. That’s 2 1/2 gallons. Every minute. At 240 mph, that would be 4 miles / 2.5 gallons = 1.6 miles per gallon. At a more pedestrian speed of, say 90 mph, you might get 5 or 6 mpg.On the other hand, when you plunk down $2.5-$3 million for a car, you’re not likely to be on a gas budget.

  • NELSON

    R.I.P TO ALL MY BROTHERS OF THE U.S.S COLE. AND THANKS FOR SERVING!!

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