Never Forget: Navy holds ceremony at USS Cole memorial

*** FILE *** In this Oct. 20, 2007 file photo, a small boat guards the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. President Barack Obama was spending time Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 with families of 9/11 victims and the 17 sailors killed in the bombing of the USS Cole after a senior Pentagon judge dropped charges against an al-Qaida suspect in the Cole attack being held at Guantanamo Bay. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

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.

Just this summer, the federal appeals court refused to halt the military commission trial of a Saudi national charged with orchestrating the 2000 attack on the USS Cole.