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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tenth Anniversary of Attack on USS Cole

Today marked the tenth anniversary of the attack on the US Navy's guided missile destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, an attack which killed 17 sailors as well as the two attackers. Al-Qa‘ida claimed responsibility. Less than a year later the Cole attack was of course overshadowed by 9/11. But it deserves to be remembered and the occasion marked, as it was today in the ship's home port of Norfolk.

The vessel's homepage is here. She is still in service after repairs.

The Naval Academy choir in the Academy ("John Paul Jones") Chapel, singing the Navy Hymn:

1 comment:

David Mack said...

Thanks for this. It deserves to be remembered, both because of the human tragedy and because it was in important chapter in U.S. targeting by Al Qaeda. And in US-Yemeni relations! The attacks on U.S. embassies in Dar Es Salaam and Nirobi also go unremarked all too often.