In Yemen today
, a suspected terrorist attack
on the USS Cole
blew a 20 by 40 foot
hole in the hull
of the ship
, a Navy Destroyer
. The injured
were being flown to Germany
The 505-foot long ship had stopped for refueling and was on the Bravo (moderate) alert level, but it was not advertised to be in the area, because to do that would probably be a bad idea. This seems to lend some credit to this being a well-planned strike. Other ships were ordered out to sea as a result of the bombing and placed on a higher state of alert.
The missing sailors were thought to be working in the engine room. After a few hours, the flooding water was contained, but the ship was still on a 4 degree angle, in stable condition, and so the crew of men and women stayed on board. Both males and females are listed as casualties.
Supposedly, two men were steering a small boat into a vulnerable part of the ship, perhaps meaning they knew exactly where to go to get the most damage.
The ship's home port was in Norfolk, Virginia, and it was heading towards the Persian Gulf to help with the sanctions against Iraq.
This seems to be the first reported attack against a US Ship since '91, when the USS LaSalle, a Command Ship, was fired upon with automatic weapons while in the Persian Gulf.