Navy to hold USS Cole memorial ceremony

**FILE** This image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole as it is towed from the port city of Aden, Yemen, into open sea by the Military Sealift Command ocean-going tug USNS Catawba, Oct. 29, 2000. A bomb struck USS Cole Oct. 12, killing 17 crewmembers. The USS Cole is scheduled to return to the Middle East before June 9, 2006, to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will be the first time since the guided-missile destroyer was attacked in Yemen.(AP Photo/U.S.M.C., Sgt. Don L. Maes, File)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is preparing to hold a ceremony honoring the victims of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole.

The guided-missile destroyer was attacked a small boat laden with explosives during a brief refueling stop in Yemen.

The terrorist attack killed 17 members of the ship’s crew, wounded 39 others and seriously damaged the ship. A ceremony honoring the victims will be held at the ship’s homeport at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on Sunday, the bombing’s anniversary.

The ship is currently deployed to the Black Sea as part of a routine deployment.

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