Four Sailors Die in Terrorist Attack in Yemen
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2000 -- Four sailors are dead, 35
injured and 12 missing following a terrorist attack Oct. 12
on the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.
An eyewitness said a rubber speedboat helping the destroyer
moor exploded alongside the ship, opening a 20-foot by 40-
foot hole at the waterline on the left side. Navy officials
said there has been extensive flooding in the engineering
spaces of the ship and that damage control efforts
The officials said casualties have been moved to local
hospitals. They said decisions on medical evacuations of
the 35 injured would be made on a case-by-case basis. Some
are listed in serious condition.
U.S. Central Command officials said a C-9 Nightingale air
ambulance has been dispatched from Germany. In addition,
planes carrying 15 Navy medical personnel have left for
Aden from Bahrain, headquarters of the U.S. Fifth Fleet.
More personnel will be sent as needed.
The Cole was in Aden for refueling and tied to a pier when
the attack occurred at 12:15 a.m. local time. Its stop was
unannounced; officials said refueling normally takes five
to six hours. The destroyer, part of the George Washington
Carrier Battle Group, was on its way to the Persian Gulf
after transiting the Red Sea. The ship was due to join the
Maritime Intercept Operation in the gulf.
No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the
attack yet, said Navy officials.
The Cole's home port is Norfolk, Va. Families that desire
information should call 1 800 368-3202. Officials stress
the number is intended only for families of the Cole's
crew. Fifth Fleet officials said they are working to get
information about the crew back to Norfolk as soon as they
The Cole is an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile
destroyer. It was commissioned in 1996. Manning calls for
26 officers and 315 sailors. The ship was in the middle of
a six-month deployment. It left Norfolk June 21 and was due
back home on Dec. 21.