USS COLE
DDG 67
  
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The Cole (DDG 67) is the U.S. Navy's 17th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. named in honor of Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, a machine-gunner killed in action on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, during World War II. The keel was laid down on February 28, 1994, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., and christened on April 8, 1995. Mrs. Lee Perry, wife of Seretary of Defence William J. Perry, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Michael S. O'Bryan is the prospective commanding officer.

December 13, The guided-missile destroyer underway for the first time from Ingalls shipyard to conduct Builder's sea trials. Underway for acceptance trials from Jan. 21-23.

June 8, 1996 USS Cole was commissioned during a ceremony in Port Everglades, Fla.

June 21, The Cole arrived in its homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after participating in exercise Marcot 96/SHAREM 116 and a brief visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for refuel.

July 10, DDG 67 emergency sortied from Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Bertha. Underway again for Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) I from July 22-26. Ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from Aug. 5-7.

August 12, USS Cole departed homeport for Post Delivery Tests and Trials (PDT&T) and Combat Systems Ship's Qualifications Trials (CSSQT).

August 16, The Cole pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale before conducting testing at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range. Port calls to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1-3.

September 21, USS Cole arrived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a two-day port visit. Port call to Nassau, Bahamas, from Sept. 26-30. Returned home on Oct. 3. Underway for VANDAL exercise off Wallops Island from Oct. 11-13. Ammo offload from Dec. 2-3 in preparation for Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

September 23, 1997 Cmdr. Richard J. Nolan, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Michael S. O'Bryan as CO of DDG 67.

From January 12-26, 1998, the Cole was underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 98-2 in the Puerto Rican OPAREA.

February 22, USS Cole departed Naval Station Norfolk for a surge Middle East deployment, as part of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Battle Group (BG).

March 5, The guided-missile destroyer entered the Red Sea after transiting Suez Canal. Brief port call to Djibouti on March 8 for refuel; Turnover with USS Carney (DDG 64) on March 11.

March 18, USS Cole pulled into Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from April 23-29.

May 12, The Cole pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a four-day port call after participating in a bilateral exercise SHAREM 124, from May 1-10; Anchored off Bahrain from June 14-16 and 21-24; Port visit to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., from July 14-17; Transited Suez Canal on July 27.

August 3, DDG 67 arrived in Malaga, Spain, for a six-day port visit.

August 18, USS Cole returned to homeport after a maiden six-month deployment.

September 21, The Cole moored at NWS Yorktown to offload ammunition.

October 7, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Station Mayport for a two-day port call.

October 8, USS Cole pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a six-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale to participate in Broward County Navy Days; Port visit to NS Mayport from Oct. 14-19; Returned home on Oct. 23.

November 16, The Cole commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) while pierside at Naval Station Norfolk.

February 1, 1999 USS Cole underway for a three-day sea trials and ammo onload at NWS Yorktown.

March 3, DDG 66 departed Norfolk for Counter-Drug Operations (CDOPS) in the Caribbean Sea. Port call to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from March 7-8 for refuel.

March 18, USS Cole arrived in Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles, for a four-day visit to Curacao. Port call to Roosevelt Roads from March 31- April 3; Port call to Guantanamo Bay from April 6-7; Returned home on April 10.

May 18, The Cole arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a scheduled visit to conduct school ship training with Surface Warfare Officer School (SWOS).

May 26, USS Cole moored at Pier 88 in New York City for a week-long visit to participate in annual Fleet Week celebration. Underway for Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) from June 14-16.

June 25, Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold relieved Cmdr. Richard J. Nolan, Jr., as CO of the USS Cole during a ceremony at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk.

August 24, The guided-missile destroyer arrived at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown to onload ordnance.

September 15, The Cole emergency sortied from Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Floyd.

October 4, USS Cole pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for an eight-day visit to Ft. Lauderdale to participate in Broward County Navy Days; Underway for Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 Group Sail on Oct. 12; Port call to Roosevelt Roads from Oct. 18-19.

October 28, DDG 67 anchored off the coast of Road Town, British Virgin Islands, for a four-day visit to Tortola Island. Port call to Miami, Fla., from Nov. 8-12; Returned home on Nov. 16; Underway again from Dec. 10-15 in the VACAPES Op. Area for ADEX.

From March 7 through April 7, 2000, the Cole was underway for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Port visit to Miami from March 18-21. Underway for Joint Task Force (JTFEX) from May 9-22; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from May 25-28; Underway for Naval Surface Fire Support (NSFS) off Vieques, Puerto Rico, from June 21-30.

August 8, USS Cole departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

August 21, The Cole arrived in Barcelona, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Villefranche, France, from Aug. 28- Sept. 1.

September 4, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a three-day port visit. Port call to Koper, Slovenia, from Sept. 11-15; Underway in the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Silent Lance from Sept. 15- Oct. 4; Transited Suez Canal on Oct. 11.

October 12, As USS Cole was at anchor in Port of Aden, Yemen, for refueling, suicide Al-Qaeda bombers detonated an explosive-laden boat, at 1118 a.m., directly against the port side of the ship. The resulting blast killed 17 Sailors, wounded 39 others, and tore a hole forty by sixty feet in the ship's hull.

October 29, The Cole was towed out of Aden port to deeper water by the fleet ocean tug USNS Cataba (T-ATF 168). The process of loading the DDG 67 onto the transport ship required a water depth of at least 75 feet since it involved partially submerging M/V Blue Marlin, Norwegian heavy transport ship, owned by Offshore Heavy Transport of Oslo, Norway, and maneuving Cole into position over Blue Marlin's deck on Oct. 30.

December 24, USS Cole was off-loaded from Blue Marlin in a pre-dredged deep-water facility at the Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.

January 14, 2001 The cole was moved from floating dry-dock to the land facility in order to fully begin its restoration process. Commenced an Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) on Feb. 22.

March 9, Cmdr. Kevin M. Sweeney relieved Cmdr. Kirk S. Lippold as commanding officer of DDG 67.

September 14, The guided-missile destroyer departed dry-dock after a two-week period.

From April 12-13, 2002, USS Cole was underway for sea trials. Departed Pascagoula, Miss., on April 19; Returned to Norfolk on April 25; Underway Demonstrations for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) on June 12.

June 22, DDG 67 departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

July 23, USS Cole departed homeport for Combat Systems Ship Qualification Trials (QSSQT) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port call to Port Canaveral, Fla., from July 25-29; Underway for the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas.

August 2, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads for a two-day port call.

August 5, The Cole provided assistance to a 37-foot wooden sailing vessel in a distress call, approximately 30 n.m. off the coast of St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

August 10, USS Cole anchored off St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a three-day visit. Returned home on Aug. 27; Underway for Initial Assessment (IA) and Command Assessment of Readiness and Training (CART) II preparations from Sept. 17-19; 24-26 and Oct. 16-17.

September 24, USS Cole and USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) came to the aid of a vessel in distress, about 40 miles off the coast of Currituck, North Carolina; Underway for CART II from Oct. 23-24; Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from Nov. 5-6; Underway for routine training from Nov. 6-7, 12-13 and 14-15th; Underway Demonstrations (UD) and Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) preparations from Dec. 9-13 and 16-19.

January 10, 2003 Cmdr. Christopher W. Grady relieved Cmdr. Kevin M. Sweeney as commanding officer of the Cole.

January 13, The guided-missile destroyer departed Norfolk for UD preparations. Returned on 17th; Underway again from Jan. 27-29; Underway for Group Sail with the USS Enterprise BG from Feb. 1-12, in the Puerto rican Op. Area; Underway for UD on Feb. 14; Final Evaluation Problem from Feb. 18-19.

From April 1-12, the Cole participated in a Multi-National Maritime Exercise (MNME). Underway for VANDAL exercise from April 14-17, off Wallops Island.

April 28, DDG 67 pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day port visit to Ft. Lauderdale to participate in Fleet Week 2003. Ammo onload at NWS Yorktown from May 12-14; Underway for magnetic deperming from May 19-21; Underway for Midshipmen Training from June 9-12; Underway for MITT and SINKEX from July 16-23; Underway for Group Sail from Aug. 20-22.

August 31, USS Cole departed Norfolk for Battle Group Sail III and COMPTUEX. Returned home on Oct. 1; Ammo onload from Oct. 22-23.

October 27, The guided-missile destroyer departed homeport for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

November 7, The Cole arrived at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, for a three-day port visit.

November 29, USS Cole departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment, along with USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) and USS Thorn (DD 988), as Surface Strike Group (SSG), in support of the global war on terrorism, after a one-day delay due to bad weather.

December 9, DDG 67 pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a brief port call.

December 23, USS Cole arrived in Civitavecchia, Italy, for a four-day port visit.

March 18, 2004 The guided-missile destroyer moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land in Souda Bay, Greece, fro a five-day Fleet Maintenanace Availability (FMAV).

May 27, USS Cole returned to homeport after serving with nine ships from Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece and Turkey, as part of NATO’s Standing Naval Forces Mediterranean (SNFM). She took part in one of the largest NATO exercises in history, Mare Aperto, and anti-submarine warfare exercise Dogfish 2004. The Cole also visited Souda Bay, Greece; Aksaz, Turkey; Toulon, France; Valencia, Spain; Augusta Bay, Italy; Cagliari, Italy; and Genoa, Italy.

July 2, Cmdr. Brian A. Solo relieved Cmdr. Christopher W. Grady as the 6th CO of DDG 67.

May 20, 2005 The Cole departed Norfolk in support of the 33rd annual maritime exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2005.

June 30, The guided-missile destroyer pulled into Philadelphia, Pa., to participate in the Fourth of July festivities.

December 16, Cmdr. Bradley W. Roberson relieved Cmdr. Brian A. Solo as commanding officer of the USS Cole.

February 19, 2006 USS Cole, as part of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group, successfully completed their ESG Integrated Training exercises, Feb. 14, while operating in Onslow Bay, N.C. ESGINT is the first of three pre-deployment exercises designed to test fundamental capabilities and shipboard interoperability between the strike group vessels and Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) 24, in preparation for the role the ESG will play in fighting the global war on terrorism.

June 8, USS Cole departed homeport, along with USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism, with the USS Iwo Jima ESG.

September 15, DDG 67 is currently operating in the Arabian Gulf in support of Maritime Security Operations and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

October 3, USS Cole recently departed Manama, Bahrain, after its first port visit in the U.S. 5th Fleet since the ship was attacked in the Gulf of Aden in October 2000.

December 6, USS Cole returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment.

June 11, 2007 Cmdr. Cary J. H. Krause relieved Cmdr. Bradley W. Roberson as the 8th CO of Cole.

July 27, The Cole is currently participating in Operation Bold Step as part of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) CSG. More than 15,000 service members from three countries and 23 U.S. Navy ships will participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 07-2 "OBS", July 26-31 off the U.S. coast from the waters of Virginia to Florida.

September 4, USS Cole departed Norfolk to participate in exercise Neptune Warrior 07-2, off the coast of Scotland from Sept. 17-29, with naval forces from Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Spain and United Kingdom.

October 6, DDG 67 departed HMNB Portsmouth, England, after a four-day port call. Returned home in mid-October.

February 9, 2008 The Cole pulled into Valletta, Malta, for a three-day port visit.

March 13, The guided-missile destroyer recently arrived off the coast of Lebanon in order to promote stability in the region. The U.S. Navy has sent at least three ships to patrol the coast of Lebanon as well as monitor neighboring Israel and Syria.

June 1, The Cole recently moored at HMNB Portsmouth, England, for a routine port call.

June 9, USS Cole arrived in Gdynia, Poland, to kick off the 36th annual maritime exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2008.

June 20, The Cole recently moored outboard the USS Gettysburg (CG 64) in Kiel, Germany, for a scheduled port visit.

June 27, DDG 67 recently arrived in Stockholm, Sweden, for a scheduled prot visit.

July 18, USS Cole returned to homeport after six-and-a-half month deployment. She was the first U.S. Navy warship to take part in a foreign nation’s battle group, as part of HMS Illustrious, during the exercise Orion '08. Also participated in several other international exercises, including exercise Phoenix with the Royal Navy Trafalgar-class submarine HMS Trafalgar (S107).

November 3, The guided-missile destroyer arrived in Naval Station Newport, R.I., for a three-day port call.

December 12, Cmdr. Edward W. Devinney, II relieved Cmdr. Cary J. H. Kraus as commanding officer of the Cole.

September 23, 2009 USS Cole departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in a multi-national warfare exercise Joint Warrior 09-2, off the coast of Scotland Oct. 5-16; Inport Helsinki, Finland, from Oct. 21-24.

October 24, The Cole arrived in Tallinn, Estonia, for a three-day port call. Returned home on Nov. 19.

February 8, 2010 USS Cole departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, after a three-day delay because of the weekend storm, in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility as part of the SNMG 2.

February 23, The Cole pulled into Naples, Italy, for a scheduled port visit.

March 26, The guided-missile destroyer recently arrived in Djibouti for a routine port call.

July 16, Cmdr. Andrew C. Ehlers relieved Cmdr. Edward W. Devinney, II as CO of the Cole.

September 1, USS Cole returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nearly seven-month deployment, two days earlier than planned because of the threat from Hurricane Earl.

August 18, 2011 The Cole pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day port visit.

September 9, DDG 67 arrived pierside at Nauticus Pier in downtown Norfolk to participate in events marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

January 6, 2012 Cmdr. Peter K. Nilsen relieved Cmdr. Andrew C. Ehlers as CO of the USS Cole during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Norfolk.

January 23, The Cole is currently underway supporting the Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group’s COMPTUEX as part of the opposition forces.

February 4, The guided-missile destroyer is currently participating in a joint and multinational amphibious assault exercise Bold Aligator 2012, off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, Jan. 30- Feb. 12.

April 23, USS Cole departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR, with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.

May 9, The Cole recently pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.

June 22, DDG 67 arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay at Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

June 28, USS Cole departed Kusadasi, Turkey, after a two-day port visit. Another visit to Souda Bay on July 19.

November 16, The guided-missile destroyer pulled again into Souda Bay for a routine port call.

January 11, 2013 The Cole recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a brief port call to conduct turnover with the USS Mahan (DDG 72). Refuel in Funchal, Portugal, from Jan. 15-16.

January 26, USS Cole returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a nine-month deployment.

March 4, Marine Hydraulics International, Norfolk, Va., was awarded a $7 million modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-10-C-4405) to exercise options for the accomplishment of the USS Cole's Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Work is expected to be completed by June 2013.

July 26, Cmdr. Dennis L. Farrell relieved Cmdr. Peter K. Nilsen as the 12th commanding officer of Cole.

January 16, 2014 Cmdr. Farrell relieved Command Master Chief (SW/AW/EXW/IDW/FPJ) Larry H. Dean as a result of an "unduly familiar relationship with a junior enlisted Sailor aboard the ship."

January 19, USS Cole moored at Mole Pier in Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., for a three-day port call.

February 14, The Cole departed homeport for a two-week Independent Deployer Certification Exercise (IDCERTEX) in the Treasure Island Op. Area.

March 28, DDG 67 moored outboard the USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a two-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Joint Warrior 14-1, from March 30- April 10.

April 12, USS Cole moored at Jetty #1, Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport in Plymouth, England, for a six-day port call. Returned home on April 2?; Underway again on May 19.

May 21, The Cole moored at Sullivan's Pier in Stapleton, Staten Island, N.Y., for a six-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week New York City 2014.

August 22, USS Cole departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled independente deployment with the primary focus on Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations.