I made a visit to the USS Cole today, at the Staten Island Homeport Pier. Cole, an Arliegh-Burke Class Aegis-Equipped Guided Missile Destroyer, was commissioned in 1996 and deployed to the Persian Gulf.

In October 2000, while refueling in Yemen, she was the victim of a terrorist attack by a small boat carrying explosives. It resulted in the loss of 17 crew members and a gaping 40 by 60 foot hole in her port side. She was transported back to a US shipyard on the Heavy Lift Ship Blue Marlin. She was repaired and re-commissioned in 2002.

USS Cole arriving at Staten Island for Fleet Week. Photo: ©John Skelson

Boarding the Cole. Photo: ©John Skelson

The Bridge and Radar Area. Photo: ©John Skelson

Looking Forward. Photo: ©John Skelson

Our Guide, USS McFaul in background. Photo: ©John Skelson

Missile Launchers. Photo: ©John Skelson

NYPD Harbor Patrol keeping a watchful eye. Photo: ©John Skelson

Ships Bell. Photo: ©John Skelson

Radar Masts. Photo: ©John Skelson

Gunner posing for me. Photo: ©John Skelson

Dedication Plaque. Photo: ©John Skelson

5 Inch Gun. Photo: ©John Skelson

End of the Tour. Photo: ©John Skelson

Have a great Memorial Day…

All photos by John Skelson, generously shared with the Working Harbor Committee

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