NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Seventeen Norfolk-based Sailors were killed on this day in 2000, another 39 wounded, as the result of an enemy attack on USS Cole (DDG 67).
Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Surface Force, Atlantic held a USS Cole Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday at the USS Cole Memorial. The memorial in Norfolk was dedicated one year after the attack.
USS Cole is currently conducting routine training and operations in preparation for an upcoming deployment with the George H.W. Bush Strike Group. Crewmembers held a memorial service on board the ship Wednesday.
Suicide bombers in Yemen attacked the Norfolk-based ship on October 12, 2000 while it was in port in Aden for refueling. The blast ripped a hole in the hull of the ship.