2000 attack on USS Cole

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On 12 October 2000, al-Qaeda operatives carried out a suicide boat attack on the Burke-class destroyer, USS Cole (DDG-67), in the harbor of Aden, Yemen. Her captain was Commander Kirk Lippold, and she was part of the United States Fifth Fleet.

17 United States sailors were killed and much damage done to the ship. Returned to the United States on the heavy-lift ship SS Blue Marlin, she was recommissioned on April 19, 2002, and returned to operational duty in November 2003.



Retaliatory missile strikes were launched against al-Qaeda targets, but did not kill the leadership.[1]



  1. Raphael F Perl (September 1, 1998), Terrorism: U. S. Response to Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania: A New Policy Direction?, Congressional Research Service, CRS Order Code 98-733 F