USS Cole deploys from Naval Station Norfolk

(Photo courtesy of US Fleet Forces Twitter Page)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The USS Cole deployed from Naval Station Norfolk, Thursday morning.

The guided-missile destroyer is heading to the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea, the 5th and 6th Fleet area of operations.

Cole is deploying as part of the ongoing rotation of forward-deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operate in international waters across the globe, along with other maritime forces.

The ship last deployed for six months back in 2014.