USS Cole DDG-67

USS Cole DDG-67
USS Cole DDG 67
USS Cole DDG 67

Career USA
Role Guided missile destroyer
Namesake : Sgt Darrell S. Cole, USMC
Status : in active service (as of 2012)
Ordered : 16 January 1991
Laid down : 28 February 1994
Launched : 10 February 1995
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Commissioned : 8 June 1996
Homeport : n/a
USS Cole
USS Cole

General characteristics
Class and type : Arleigh Burke class destroyer
Displacement : Light: about 6,800
long tons (6,900 t)
Full: about 8,900
long tons (9000 t)
Length : 154 m (505 ft)
Beam : 20 m (66 ft)
Draft : 9.4 m (31 ft)
Propulsion : 4 General Electric LM2500-30
gas turbines, two shafts,
100,000 total shaft
horsepower (75 MW)
Speed : 56 km/h ( > 30 knots)
Range : 8,100 km at 37 km/h,
4,400 nautical miles
at 20 knots
Complement : 33 Officers,
38 Chief Petty Officers,
210 Enlisted Personnel
Ship systems : n/a
Electronic warfare : n/a
Armament : n/a
Armor : n/a
Aircraft carried : 1 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk
Motto : n/a
Nicname : n/a

USS Cole DDG 67 towed by the USNS Catawba
USS Cole DDG 67 is towed away from the port city of Aden, Yemen, into open sea by the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Catawba (T-ATF-168) after beeing bombed on 12 October 2000

MV Blue Marlin carrying the USS Cole
MV Blue Marlin carrying the USS Cole

The USS Cole (DDG 67) is the second ship that has this name, it is a Aegis-equipped guided missile destroyer from the Arleigh Burke class. The USS Cole is homeported in Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The name Cole is in honor of a machine-gunner Darrell S. Cole (US Marine Sergeant), killed in action on Iwo Jima on the 19th of February 1945. The construction of the USS Cole was awarded to Ingalls Shipbuilding and the USS Cole was delivered to the U.S. Navy on the 11th of March 1996.

Ship's seal

Design and construction



Operational Service

Al-Qaeda attack

On 12 October 2000, while being at anchor in Aden, the USS Cole was attacked by several Al-Qaeda suicide bombers. The terrorists sailed with a small boat near the destroyer and detonated explosive charges. The power of the blast was so big that it created a hole in the port side of the ship about 12 m (40 feet) in diameter. The attack took the lives of 17 crewmembers and also injured 39. At the time of this attack the ship was under the command of Commander Kirk Lippold.


On 12 November 2009, the Missile Defense Agency announced that the USS Cole would be upgraded during fiscal year 2013 to RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) capability in order to function as part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

Commanding officers

See also

Further reading

Arleigh Burke class

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