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DDG-51 ARLEIGH BURKE-class

The composition of the fleet is changing rapidly as modern ARLEIGH BURKE guided missile AEGIS destroyers enter active commissioned service. The Navy considers the newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer to be its most capable and survivable surface combatant. The DDG 51 was the first U.S. Navy ship designed to incorporate shaping techniques to reduce radar cross-section to reduce their detectability and likelihood of being targeted by enemy weapons and sensors. Originally designed to defend against Soviet aircraft, cruise missiles, and nuclear attack submarines, this higher capability ship is to be used in high-threat areas to conduct antiair, antisubmarine, antisurface, and strike operations.

DDG 51s were constructed in flights, allowing technological advances during construction. Flight II, introduced in FY 1992, incorporates improvements to the SPY radar and the Standard missile, active electronic countermeasures and communications. Flight IIA, introduced in fiscal year 1994, added a helicopter hangar with one anti-submarine helicopter and one armed attack helicopter.

The initial ARLEIGH BURKE-class guided missile destroyers have a full load displacement of 8,300 tons, are 506 feet in overall length and have a 62 foot beam. They are driven by two shafts powered by four LM2500 engines. Their maximum speed is in excess of 30 knots and they have a cruising range of 4,400 n. miles at 20 knots. The ships complement is about 30 officers and 302 enlisted personnel.

All ships of this class have the AEGIS air defense system with the SPY-1D phased array radar. They are armed with a 90-cell Vertical Launching System capable of storing and rapidly firing a mix of Standard, Tomahawk, and Vertically Launched ASROC (VLA) missiles for either Air Defense, Strike Warfare, or Anti-Submarine Warfare missions. Other armament includes the Harpoon anti-ship cruise missile, the 5"/54 gun with improvements that integrate it with the AEGIS weapon system, and the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System for self-defense.

The AN/SPY-1D Phased Array Radar incorporates significant advances in the detection capabilities of the AEGIS Weapons System, particularly in its resistance to enemy Electronic Counter-Measures (ECM). The AEGIS system is designed to counter all current and projected missile threats to the Navy's battle forces. A conventional, mechanically rotating radar "sees" a target when the radar beam strikes that target once during each 360 degree rotation of the antenna. A separate tracking radar is then required to engage each target. In contrast, the computer-controlled AN/SPY-1D phased array radar of the AEGIS system brings these functions together within one system. The four fixed arrays of "SPY" send out beams of electromagnetic energy in all directions simultaneously, continuously providing a search and tracking capability for hundreds of targets at the same time. Using the SPY-1D and her Mark 99 Fire Control System, these ships can guide vertically-launched Standard Missiles to intercept hostile aircraft and missiles at extended ranges. To provide point defense against hostile air targets, the ships are equipped with the Block 1 upgrade to the Phalanx Close-In-Weapons System (CIWS).

The ARLEIGH BURKE Class is also equipped with the Navy's latest ASUW Combat Systems. Land attack cruise missile capability is provided by Tomahawk Missiles, which are launched from her Mark 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS). The MK 41 VLS is a multi-warfare missile launching system capable of firing a mix of missiles against airborne and surface threats. It is modular in design, with eight modules symmetrically grouped to form a launcher magazine. The modules contain all the necessary components for launching functions when interfaced with the ship's AEGIS Weapon System. VLS is a product of Martin-Marietta. The shorter range Harpoon Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles have a range in excess of 65 nautical miles which are fired from stand-alone launchers. The 5"/54 Caliber Gun, in conjunction with the Mark 34 Gun Weapon System, is an anti-ship weapon which can also be used for close-in air contacts or to support forces ashore with Naval Gun-Fire Support (NGFS).

The AN/SQQ-89 integrated ASW Suite is the most advanced anti-submarine warfare system in the world today. The AN/SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array SONAR (TACTAS) provides extremely long-range passive detection of enemy submarines, and the AN/SQS-53C Hull-Mounted SONAR is used to actively and passively detect and locate submarine contacts. The ships also have the capability to land the SH-60B LAMPS Mark III Helicopter, which can link to the ship for support in the anti- submarine operations, as well as conducting over-the-horizon targeting missions. These systems are supplemented by the SLQ-32V(2) Electronic Warfare Suite, which includes passive detection systems and decoy countermeasures.

A new, large, waterplane area hull form significantly improves seakeeping ability. The hull form is designed to permit high speed in high sea states. The seakeeping hull form is characterized by considerable flair and a "V" shape appearance at the waterline.

The DDG-51 Class engineering plant represents an improvement in US Naval gas turbine power plant control systems. Aircraft derivative gas turbines are used for both propulsion and ship service electrical power generation. A high degree of plant automation is achieved by an interconnected system of control consoles. Four of these control consoles are located in the Central Control Station (CCS) which is the nerve center of the DDG-51 Class engineering plant.

Four General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbine Engines (GTEs) provide ship's propulsion. Each Engine Room contains two LM2500s, one propulsion reduction gear to convert the high speed, low torque output of the gas turbine engine to low speed, high torque output suitable to drive the propulsion shafting, and the related support systems and equipment. The port shaft connects 2A and 2B GTEs in Main Engine Room #2 and the starboard shaft connects 1A and 1B GTEs in Main Engine Room #1. When viewed from the stern, the port shaft rotates counterclockwise and the starboard shaft clockwise, producing outward propeller rotation. Since the GTEs cannot be reversed, the Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) system provides ahead and astern thrust by hydraulically positioning the pitch of the propeller blades.

Each of the three Gas Turbine Generator Sets (GTGS) is rated at 2500 KW and supplies 450 VAC, three-phase, 60 HZ power. #1 GTGS is located in Auxiliary Machinery Room #1, #2 GTGS is located in Main Engine Room #2, and #3 GTGS is located in #3 Generator Room. The GTGS are separated from each other by three watertight bulkheads for survivability. Each Gas Turbine Generator Set is comprised of an Allison 501-K34 Gas Turbine Engine, a module assembly, a reduction gear assembly, and a generator.

The DDG-51 Class ships are specifically constructed from a survivability-enhanced design that affords passive protection to personnel and vital systems. This design provides protection against underwater shock, nuclear air blasts, fragment incursions into vital spaces, radar detection, electronic countermeasures, gun and missile attacks and a Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) attack. A comprehensive Collective Protection System guards against nuclear, chemical, or biological agents. The ship's damage control features and constructional design make the DDG-51 Class Destroyer the most "survivable" surface ship in the world.

In the ARLEIGH BURKE Class, all-steel construction is used. Extensive top-side armor is placed around vital combat systems and machinery spaces. The bulkheads are constructed of steel from the waterline to the pilot house. The bulkheads are designed with double-spaced plate construction for fragment protection. The frontal plate causes fragments to break up and the backup plate stops the fragments from causing further damage to the interior of the ship. Othe Aegis combat system equipment rooms are protected by Kevlar shielding. And, topside weight is reduced by incorporating an aluminum mast.

Acoustic, infrared, and radar signatures have been reduced, and vital shipboard systems are hardened against electro-magnetic pulse and over-pressure damage. Sound isolators or "shock absorbers" have been placed on the reduction gears, giving the ship an added advantage when pursuing submarines. State-of-the-art propulsion and damage control systems are managed by an all-new data multi-plexing system. Fire detectors and increased AFFF and Halon protection add to improved survivability.

Ingalls Shipbuilding builds Aegis destroyers using modular techniques pioneered by the shipyard in the 1970's, and refined during two decades of assembly line construction of destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious assault ships. The ships also benefit from Ingalls' pioneered efforts to integrate advanced computer technology into ship design and construction. The design process for ships built at Ingalls is accomplished using a three-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD) system, which is linked with an integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) production network of host-based computers and localized minicomputers throughout the shipyard. Ingalls' system produces digital data used by the CAM equipment to electronically direct the operation of numerically-controlled manufacturing equipment cutting steel plates, bending pipe, and laying out sheetmetal assemblies, and supporting other manufacturing processes. The technology significantly enhances design efficiency, and reduces the number of manual steps involved in converting design drawings to ship components, improving productivity and efficiency.

During the construction of a DDG-51 destroyer, hundreds of subassemblies are built and outfitted with piping sections, ventilation ducting and other shipboard hardware. These subassemblies are joined to form dozens of assemblies, which were then joined to form the ship's hull. During the assembly integration process, the ship is outfitted with larger equipment items, such as electrical panels, propulsion equipment, and generators. The ship's superstructure, or "deckhouse," is lifted atop the ship's midsection early in the assembly process, facilitating the early activation of electrical and electronic equipment. When the ship's hull integration was complete, the ship is moved over land via Ingalls' wheel-on-rail transfer system, and onto the shipyard's launch and recovery drydock.

The Navy had 38 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in its force, under construction, or under contract as of April 21, 1997, and planned to procure an additional 19 destroyers through the next decade, completing the 57 ship DDG-51 program by procuring the remaining ships through fiscal year 2004. The Navy plans to build 12 ships between 1997 and 2001 which are planned to be delivered to the fleet without cooperative engagement or theater ballistic missile defense capability.

DDG 51 class ships were originally planned to be procured at a rate of five per year. A forty-five percent reduction in the procurement rate since the program began has resulted in higher unit costs, lower efficiency, poor overhead planning, and questionable viability of shipbuilders and key subcontractors. To mitigate the risks associated with industrial base stability, the Navy proposes building at a more constant rate of three DDG 51s per year. Completion of the Arleigh Burke destroyer program, along with the earlier procurement of Ticonderoga-class cruisers, will allow the Navy to achieve a force of 84 Aegis-capable surface combatants by fiscal year 2010.

Congress appropriated $3.6 billion for construction of 4 new destroyers in fiscal year 1997 and gave the Navy authority to procure a total of 12 destroyers in fiscal years 1998 through 2001 using a multiyear acquisition strategy. In its biennial budget submission for fiscal years 1998 and 1999, the Navy requested about $2.8 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively, for a total procurement of six destroyers.

The FY 1999-2003 shipbuilding program included funds for 15 DDG-51-class destroyers, achieving the procurement objective of 57 of these ships. Twelve of the 15 DDG-51s will be procured under a multiyear acquisition strategy approved by Congress in the FY 1998 budget. The changes made to the shipbuilding program this year have achieved a stable procurement rate of three DDG-51s per year in FY 1999-2003. Advance procurement funds are programmed for FY 2001 to support the revised acquisition profile and a possible extension of the multiyear plan that was approved in FY 1998.

The FY2001 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) showed that the Navy plans to buy only two DDG 51 destroyers per year over a three year period (fiscal years 2002 2004) and two destroyers (one DDG 51 and one DD 21) in fiscal year 2005. The Navy's Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) Class Industrial Base Study of 1993 stated that procurement of three destroyers per year could only sustain the destroyer industrial base if some additional, non-DDG 51 work, were available to each sipbuilder. The study also stated that at a rate of two ships per year, a very substantial amount of non-DDG 51 work would be required for each shipbuilder and risk to survival of one or both shipyards could be high. The Navy testified that a proposal to build two DDG 51 ships per year would result in potential reductions in shipyard workforces and the workforce skill mix, and that maintaining the industrial base would be perilous. The Senate Armed Services committee concurred with the Navy's assessment regarding the industrial base at the time of the original study

Stretching out this procurement would cause reductions in workforce skill mix that will result in higher costs for not only the DDG 51 ships, but also for other Navy work in the shipyards that build DDG 51 ships. In fact, the FY2001 budget request showed a dramatic cost increase of between $60.0 million and $100.0 million per ship when a projected procurement rate of two DDG 51 ships per year was computed. Therefore, buying six ships at a rate of two ships per year for three years would cost the taxpayers between $360.0 and $600.0 million more than buying the same ships over a two year period. The Navy appeared to be willing to pay this premium in an attempt to partially accommodate the destroyer industrial base potential problems (three destroyers per year are required to maintain the industrial base) caused by delaying DD 21 one year.

The Navy has documented over $1.4 billion in savings by buying three ships per year under the multiyear procurement authority provided by Congress. Continuing the proven economical rate of three ships per year and use of multiyear authority would save additional taxpayer dollars on this program which the Navy intends to complete. Therefore, the Senate Armed Services committee recommended an increase of $143.2 million in advance procurement for DDG 51 to achieve the maximum savings for the taxpayer and to relieve some pressure on the shipbuilding account in future years. The additional advance procurement, coupled with the savings to the taxpayer of buying six ships in two years instead of three years, should result in procurement of six ships on a two year multiyear contract for the approximate cost of five ships procured at a lower rate.

Flight IIA

Class changes in production Flight IIA critical to littoral warfighting effectiveness include the incorporation of embarked helicopters (SH-60R), an organic minehunting capability and the introduction of area theater ballistic missile defense capability to protect near coastal air-fields and seaports essential to the flow of forces into theater in time of conflict.

The first 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers have a helicopter deck but no hanger or embarked helicopters. Ships in production Flight IIA, starting with USS OSCAR AUSTIN (DDG-79), also have landing and hangar facilities for operation of two multi-purpose Light Airborne Multipurpose System LAMPS MK III helicopters. This capability will be added for the remaining 29 ships of the class. The modifications require removal of Harpoon missile capability. The addition of a helicopter hangar and the upgraded baseline 6.1 AEGIS Combat System are two of the most significant upgrades. Also beginning with this ship, the number of VLS cells will be increased from 90 to 96, and the Phalanx close-in weapon system will be replaced by vertical-launched the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles when they become available.

The construction of the helicopter hangar is the most visible change for this new generation of AEGIS Destroyers. Located aft of the after Vertical Launching System (VLS), the hangar will be large enough to accommodate 2 SH-60F helicopters, support equipment, repair shops and store rooms. Modifications were also made for additional crew required for a helicopter detachment to deploy with the ship. As a result of the increased elevation of the after section of the ship, the aft facing AN/SPY-1D arrays were raised 8 feet to provide visibility over the hangar.

The ship's Recovery, Assist, Securing, and Traversing (RAST) system is utilized to move the helicopter into and out of the port and starboard hangars. Helicopter facilities including the following: dual hangars with bridge cranes and Navy standard helo hangar doors, Helo Control Station, RAST Control Station, Torpedo, Missile and Rocket Magazine with bridge crane and weapons hoist, Landing and Helo In-Flight Refueling (HIFR) facilities for LAMPS MK III SH-60B helicopters. VLA lighting, Stabilized Glide Slope Indicator (SGSI)/ Wave-Off Light System (WOLS) and Horizon-reference set are included. The deck aft is designed for Level I, Class 1, 2A, 4 (Type 2), and 6 Certification, and for RAST operations. Facilities on the bow are designed for Level III, Class A (Type 1) certification.

Starting with Winston Churchill (DDG 81), DDGs will have the 5"/62 cal. gun and dual SH-60R helicopter facilities. They also will have LASM, NFCS and Link 16. The forward fit of the 5 inch 62 caliber gun aboard DDG81, USS WINSTON S. CHURCHILL (DDG81), which commissions in 2001, marks the beginning of the evolution of the highly successful ARLEIGH BURKE class destroyer design to meet the rapidly expanding littoral warfighting mission. McCampbell (DDG 85) marks the introduction of Navy Area TBMD capability aboard DDGs.

The Navy will begin deployment of the remote minehunting vehicle system on a select number of Arleigh Burke class Flight IIA destroyers beginning in 2005. One of the greatest threats to today’s naval battlegroup is mines. In fact, of the 18 U.S. Navy ships destroyed or damaged in conflicts since 1950, mines caused no fewer than 14 of those casualties. To give the modern battlegroup the optimum chance of survival in hostile "brown water" regions, the Program Executive Office for Mine & Undersea Warfare (PEO MUW) began the development of an organic mine-hunting capability to be carried aboard the Navy’s Aegis destroyers. These ships are traditionally among the first surface combatants to enter the littorals ahead of a battlegroup. Once launched from the host ship, the vehicle deploys a towed variable depth sensor (VDS) designed to detect, localize, classify and identify moored and bottom mines in deep and shallow water. The 23-foot long vehicle searches for the mines under the surface of the water. A streamlined combination snorkel and antenna mast, which draws air to the vehicle’s 370 hp Cummins diesel engine, will be its only visible feature above the surface. The remote minehunting vehicle can search for mines autonomously along a pre-programmed track, or can be controlled manually in real-time from the host ship by a single operator. All control and display functions will be integrated with the ship’s AN/SQQ-89 undersea warfare combat system, with mine contact data linked to the Aegis combat system.

The Navy intends to incorporate the ideas and technologies from Smart Ship into all 27 of its Ticonderoga class cruisers and 25 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, starting with DDG 83. These ideas bring automation to maintenance, engineering, damage control, and bridge functions, saving the Navy money.

In early 1996 Bath Iron Works, the lead design yard for DDG-51 Flight IIa, awarded a contract to York International to manufacture 200-ton HFC-134a centrifugal compressor air-conditioning (AC) plants for DDG-83 and follow-on ships. This will be the first installation of the Navy's newly developed ozone-friendly AC plant. Each ship will receive four plants. This plant, in addition to using an ozone-friendly refrigerant, offers significant improvements over the CFC-114 AC plants currently used on DDG-51-class ships.

DDG 51 Upgrades

The DDG 51 baseline upgrade plan incrementally improves DDG 51 systems in a time phased manner. These improvements are centered on currently planned upgrades included in Aegis Baseline 6 Phase III, Baseline 7 Phase I, Baseline 7 Phase II, and selected implementation of Smart Ship technologies. Some of these capabilities are planned for backfit into CG 47 class ships. The Navy plans to upgrade the ship’s multifunctional phased array radar to improve its capabilities while operating in littoral environments and add new capabilities to permit sharing targeting data with other Navy and joint sensors and defend against theater ballistic missiles.

Navy destroyers have historically been retired by 30 years of service. In recent force planning for ships, the Navy uses notional estimated service lives of 35 years for Aegis-capable cruisers and all current classes of destroyers.

Specifications

Power Plant 4 - LM2500 GE Marine Gas Turbines (100,000 shp)
3 Allison 2500 KW Gas Turbine Generators
2 Shafts with CRP (Controllable Reversible Pitch) Propellers
2 Rudders
Length
FLIGHT IFLIGHT IIA
505 feet overall
466 feet (142 meters)waterline
509.5-513.0 feet overall
BeamMax 66 Feet
waterline 59 feet (18 meters)
Navigational Draft 31 feet
Displacement
FLIGHT IFLIGHT IIA
8,300 tons full load 9,192-9,217 tons full load
Speed 31 knots (36 mph, 57 kph)
Aircraft
FLIGHT IFLIGHT IIA
None. LAMPS III electronics installed on landing deck for coordinated DDG 51/helo ASW operations Two multi-purpose Light Airborne Multipurpose System LAMPS MK III helicopters
Armament
FLIGHT IFLIGHT IIA
Two MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (90 Cells)
[Standard missile and Tomahawk ASM/LAM]

Two MK 15 MOD 12 20mm Close-in-Weapons Systems (Phalanx Mounts)

Two Harpoon Anti-shipping Missile
Quad Canisters
Two MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (96 Cells)
[Standard missile and Tomahawk ASM/LAM]

(NATO) Evolved Sea Sparrow
One MK 45 MOD 1 5"/54 caliber Gun Mount (lightweight gun)
Two MK 32 MOD 14 Triple Torpedo Tubes (six MK 50/46 Torpedoes)
SENSORS
FLIGHT IFLIGHT IIA
AN/SPY-1D 3-D Radar
AN/SPS-67(V)3 Radar
AN/SPS-64(V)9 Radar
AN/SQS-53C(V) Sonar
AN/SQQ-28(V) LAMPS III
AN/SQR-19(V) TACTAS Sonar
AN/SPY-1D 3-D Radar
AN/SPS-67(V)3 Radar
AN/SPS-64(V)9 Radar
AN/SQS-53C(V) Sonar
AN/SQQ-28(V) LAMPS III
ESM/ECM AN/SLQ-32(V)3
AN/SLQ-25A NIXIE Torpedo Countermeasures
MK 36 MOD 6 Decoy Launching System (6 Launchers)
FIRE CONTROL MK116 MOD 7 Underwater Fire Control System
AN/SWG- I A (V) Harpoon Launcher Control System
AN/SWG-3A TOMAHAWK Weapon Control System
EXTERIOR COMMUNICATIONS

  • LF through HF Receive,10 kHz - 30 MHz
    R-1051 H/URR; twelve receivers
    R-2368 H/URR; three receivers

  • HF Transmit; 2-30 MHz / AN/URT-23D; nine transmitters

  • VHF Transmit and Receive, 30-162 MHz
    AN/GRR-211; two transceivers for non-secure voice
    ANNRC-46A; two FM transceivers for secure voice
    AN/URC-80 (V)6; one transceiver for bridge-to-bridge communications

  • UHF Transmit and Receive, 220-400 MHz
    AN/URC-93 (V)1; two transceiver for Link 4A
    AN/WSC-3 (V)7,11; fourteen transceivers
    AN/WSC-3 (V)11, have-quick transceiver

  • SATCOM Transmit and/or Receive
    AN/SSR-1A; one receiver for fleet broadcast
    ANNWSC-3A (V)3; five transceivers for digital voice

  • Infra-Red, Transmit and Receive
    AN/SAR-7A; two IR Viewers

  • Land Line Terminations, Transmit and/or Receive
    AN/SAT-2B, one IR Transmitter
    Single Channel DC Secure TTY

  • Telephone Special Communications Channel
    AN/USQ-69 (V)7; OTCIXS
    AN/USQ-69 (V)8; TADIXS
    AN/SYQ-7 (V)5 and AN/USQ-69 (V)6; NAVMACS/CUDIX
    AN/USQ-83 (V) and AN/USQ-125 (V); Link 11
    AN/SSW-1 D; Link 4A
    AN/SRQ-4; HawkLink (LAMPS MK III)
    AN/ARR-75 Sonobouy antenna
Navigational Equipment
  • AN/WSN-5 Inertial Navigation System
  • AN/WRN-6
  • ANISRN-25 (V)
  • MK 4 MOD 2 Underwater Log
  • MK 6 MOD 4D Digital Dead Reckoning Tracer
  • AN/URN-25 TACAN
  • AN/SPS-64 (V) 9 I Band Radar
  • Navy Standard No. 3 Magnetic Compass
  • Chronometer Size 85
  • Flux Compass
  • Replenishment-at-Sea
  • CONREP fore and aft
  • VERTREP fore and aft
  • Boat Handling and Stowage
  • Two MK 6 rigid inflatable boats (RHIB), 18 person capacity with slewing arm davit
  • Fifteen (15) twenty-five person encapsulated lifeboats
  • Stability Design for ship stability includes the following consideration:

    Intact Stability
  • 100 knot beam wind in all loading conditions

    Damage Stability
  • 15% length of hit criterion
  • Crew
    FLIGHT IFLIGHT IIA
    23 officers, 300 enlisted 32 Officers, 348 enlisted
    (including helicopter detachment of 4 officers and 14 enlisted)
    Departments Administration
    Combat Systems
    Engineering
    Navigation
    Operations
    Supply
    Weapons
    Unit Operating Cost
    Annual Average
    $20,000,000 [source: [FY1996 VAMOSC]

    Ships

    Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
    FLIGHT I
    Arleigh Burke DDG 51Bath Norfolk198504 Jul 19912026
    Barry DDG 52Ingalls Norfolk198712 Dec 19922027
    John Paul Jones DDG 53Bath San Diego198718 Dec 19932028
    Curtis Wilbur DDG 54Bath Yokosuka1989 19 Mar 1994 2029
    StoutDDG 55Ingalls Norfolk198913 Aug 19942029
    John S. McCainDDG 56Bath Yokosuka198902 Jul 19942029
    MitscherDDG 57Ingalls Norfolk198910 Dec 19942029
    LaboonDDG 58Bath Norfolk198918 Mar 19952029
    RussellDDG 59Ingalls Pearl Harbor199020 May 19952030
    Paul HamiltonDDG 60Bath Pearl Harbor199027 May 19952030
    RamageDDG 61Ingalls Norfolk199022 Jul 19952030
    FitzgeraldDDG 62Bath San Diego199014 Oct 19952030
    StethemDDG 63Ingalls San Diego199021 Oct 1995 2030
    CarneyDDG 64Bath Mayport199113 Apr 19962031
    BenfoldDDG 65Ingalls San Diego199130 Mar 19962031
    GonzalezDDG 66 BathNorfolk199112 Oct 19962031
    ColeDDG 67Ingalls Norfolk199108 Jun 19962031
    The SullivansDDG 68Bath Mayport199219 Apr 19972032
    MiliusDDG 69Ingalls San Diego199223 Nov 19962032
    HopperDDG 70BathPearl Harbor199206 Sep 19972032
    RossDDG 71Ingalls Norfolk199228 Jun 19972032
    FLIGHT II
    MahanDDG 72BathNorfolk199214 Feb 19982033
    DecaturDDG 73Bath San Diego199329 Aug 19982033
    McFaulDDG 74IngallsNorfolk199325 Apr 19982033
    Donald CookDDG 75BathNorfolk199304 Dec 19982033
    HigginsDDG 76BathSan Diego199324 Apr 19992034
    O'KaneDDG 77BathPearl Harbor199423 Oct 19992034
    PorterDDG 78Ingalls Norfolk199410 Mar 1999 2034
    FLIGHT IIA
    Oscar AustinDDG 79BathNorfolk 199419 Aug 2000 2034
    RooseveltDDG 80Ingalls Mayport 199514 Oct 20002035
    Winston ChurchillDDG 81Bath Norfolk199520002035
    LassenDDG 82Ingallsbuilding1996Apr 20012036
    HowardDDG 83BathSan Diego199620012036
    BulkeleyDDG 84IngallsNorfolk199620012036
    McCampbellDDG 85Ingalls building199620012036
    ShoupDDG-86Ingalls authorized199720022037
    MasonDDG-87Bath authorized199720022037
    PrebleDDG-88Ingalls authorized199720022037
    MustinDDG-89Ingalls authorized199820022037
    ChaffeeDDG-90Bath authorized199820032038
    PinckneyDDG-91Ingalls authorized199820032038
    MomsenDDG-92Bath authorized199820032038
    Chung-HoonDDG-93Ingalls authorized199920042039
    DDG-94Bath authorized199920042039
    DDG-95Ingalls authorized199920042039
    DDG-96Bath authorized200020052040
    DDG-97Ingalls authorized200020052040
    DDG-98Ingalls authorized200020052040
    DDG-99Bath authorized200120062041
    DDG-100Ingalls authorized200120062041
    DDG-101Bath authorized200120062041
    DDG-102Ingalls authorized200220072042
    DDG-103200220072042
    DDG-104200220072042
    DDG-105200320082043
    DDG-106200320082043
    DDG-107200320082043
    NOTE: In 1997 DDG-89 through DDG-101 were authorized in FY1998 Multi-Year Procurement to be incrementally funded through appropriations in subsequent years.

    FLIGHT I

    FLIGHT IIA

    DDG-51 ARLEIGH BURKE-class Image Gallery

    Sources and Resources

    An explosion on the Arleigh Burke-class USS Cole (DDG 67) occurred at about 11:18 AM local time in Yemen [not 12:15 PM as previously reported -- local time in Yemen is seven hours later than Eastern Daylight Time]. USS Cole had completed mooring operations at 9:30 AM local time. The threat level had been raised to threat condition [THREATCON] Bravo when the Cole pulled into the harbor, and they had armed people up on deck. Refueling operations commenced at approximately 10:30 AM local time and were ongoing at the time of the terrorist attack. Initial reports were that the boat that came up alongside the Cole and exploded was part of the mooring operation. However, subsequently it appeared that the boat may have been launched from the shore and may have had no connection with the refueling operation. The explosion caused a 20-foot by 40-foot gash in the port (left) side of the ship. The explosion caused Cole to lose power and disabled all onboard communications assets. Seventeen sailors died in the explosion and more than 35 were injured. All the dead have been recovered.

  • U.S. Navy Destroyer Attacked in Yemen @ Yahoo
  • Navy investigating explosion on USS Cole (DDG 67)
  • DDG 67 Cole official homepage
  • THREATCON SYSTEM Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Antiterrorism Joint Pub 3-07.2 17 March 1998

  • Attorney General Reno's Weekly Press Conference, Dec. 7, The Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 07 December 2000 -- Q: Ms. Reno, do you know how U.S. law enforcement will - what their involvement or noninvolvement will be in monitoring the trial in Yemen of the defendants there? I mean, is there anything in the Memorandum of Understanding that you know about that provides further access to this trial or anything like that?
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole Investigation, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 07 December 2000 --Q: On Yemen, Janet Reno said this morning that the State Department is taking the lead on making arrangements for whether and how the US would be involved in the trial next month of at least three, possibly six, suspects.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole Investigation, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 06 December 2000 -- Q: The Yemeni Prime Minister has said that up to six people may be tried after Ramadan for the attack on the COLE.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing - Cole Investigation, U.S. Department of Defense, 05 December 2000 -- Q: Craig, there was a news report yesterday which said that an American citizen is detained in Jordan as a suspect in the Cole bombing. Do you have any information about that?
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole Investigation, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 29 November 2000 -- Q: No, different. I think you'll be interested in this one. The US and Yemen have signed an agreement on the parameters of the investigation into the COLE?
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 29 November 2000 -- Q: ...The US and Yemen have signed an agreement on the parameters of the investigation into the COLE?
  • US. Embassy Team in Oman Recognized For Cole Support , American Forces Press Service, Nine U.S. military members working in the Omani embassy were recognized today for their efforts in providing support for over 200 service members evacuated from the USS Cole after the Oct. 12 bombing.
  • State Department-FBI Statement on USS Cole Investigation, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 14 November 2000 -- "The United States Embassy in Sanaa, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to work closely together in the on-going investigation into the bombing of the USS Cole on October 12. We are bound by the same primary goal of seeing that those responsible for this attack are brought to justice."
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of Defense, 14 November 2000 -- Q: Could you talk to us a little bit about what we read today in the Washington Post with regard to the rules of engagement and the orders that were given to the crew of the Cole on deck? Are you able to confirm that those sailors were correct in their characterization of their crew direction?
  • State Dept. Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 13 November 2000 -- Q: On the Cole investigation, how close is the memorandum of understanding between the two countries for the remainder of the investigation? How close are we to that agreement, and would you still characterize the cooperation of the Yemeni Government as good?
  • Ingalls Shipbuilding Selected to Repair USS Cole , DOD News Release, 09 November 2000 -- The Navy announced today that Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., will repair USS Cole, which was damaged in a Oct. 12 terrorist attack while in the port of Aden, Yemen.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 09 November 2000 -- Q: Can I go back to Yemen for a second? Can you give us a status on the cooperation between the US and the Government of Yemen and whether or not you are any closer to an agreement, written or otherwise, of cooperation?
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of Defense, 07 November 2000 -- Q: Ken, is the Cole headed south, to come around the tip of Africa, to come - is it on its way home first?
  • State Department Noon Briefing, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 06 November 2000 -- Q: New subject. Yemen. Today, Yemeni officials say that, not only will they not let Americans interview suspects; they won't even relay questions from the Americans to the suspects. Are we still saying we're getting good cooperation from them?
  • Cole panel to focus on force protection issues, By Chuck Vinch, Stars and Stripes, 04 November 2000 -- A top-level commission appointed in the wake of the Oct. 12 terrorist attack on the USS Cole will focus solely on broad force protection issues and will not "sit in judgment" of anyone aboard the ship or in its chain of command, the panel's leaders said Thursday.
  • Cole Commission Focuses On Force Protection Measures , American Forces Press Service, 03 November 2000 -- DoD's Cole Commission will review and evaluate current force protection policies and procedures for troops traveling to and from the Middle East, and possibly recommend changes, the commission co- chairmen said.
  • DoD News Briefing - USS Cole, dod, 02 November 2000 -- Special briefing on the Cole Commission - Gen. William W. Crouch, USA (Ret.) and Adm. Harold W. Gehman, USN (Ret.)
  • DoD News Briefing - USS Cole, dod, 02 November 2000 -- Q: Craig, is the Blue Marlin underway yet? And if not, when will it get underway, and which way will it head?
  • U-S Ship Attack, Voice of America, 02 November 2000 -- Two retired senior military officers appointed by the Defense Department to study the bombing of the destroyer U-S-S Cole say they will look for possible lessons that can help prevent future attacks.
  • Attorney General Reno's Weekly Press Conference, Nov. 2, 2000, The Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 02 November 2000 -- Q: Ms. Reno, can you describe for us whether there are additional efforts being made; what's the state of play right now in trying to secure additional cooperation from the government of Yemen?
  • Cole Investigation, Voice of America, 01 November 2000 -- The United States says it wants to see more cooperation from the government of Yemen in the investigation into last month's terrorist attack on the Navy destroyer, the U-S-S Cole, that killed 17 American sailors.
  • DoD News Briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen - USS Cole, U.S. Department of Defense, 01 November 2000 -- Q: What is the Defense Department doing to prevent another attack like the one on the USS Cole?
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 01 November 2000 -- Q: Richard, do you think the Yemeni Government is inhibiting the investigation into the Cole?
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of Defense, 31 October 2000 -- Q: Could you explain - could you tell us about why the Cole isn't going through Suez?
  • Kuwait, Saudi Arabia Join High-Threat Areas , American Forces Press Service, 31 October 2000 -- Kuwait and Saudi Arabia join Bahrain and Qatar as having the highest level of threat against U.S. military in the Middle East region, Pentagon spokesperson Kenneth Bacon said Oct. 31.
  • Clinton / Ship Attack, Voice of America, 30 October 2000 -- President Clinton is appealing to Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, for greater cooperation in the investigation of the bombing of the U-S-S Cole earlier this month.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole Investigation, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 30 October 2000 -- Q: There were reports that Yemen is indicating that it may want to seek reparations for loss of use at the Port of Aden there. Is that true, and is this something that the United States would consider?
  • White House Daily Briefing - USS Cole Investigation, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 30 October 2000 -- Q: Jake, at the State Department today they said that the President spoke with the leader of Yemen, Salih. Can you tell us about that call?
  • USS Cole Returns, Voice of America, 29 October 2000 -- The bomb-scarred navy destroyer is to be returned to the United States for repairs by a Norwegian transport vessel.
  • Salvage ship due to begin process of getting Cole back to States, Stars and Stripes, 27 October 2000 -- The USS Cole could begin its journey from Yemen to the States this weekend when a heavy lift ship arrives to carry the crippled destroyer home.
  • State Department Noon Briefing, October 27, 2000, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 27 October 2000 -- "First of all, we would like to express our appreciation to the Government of Yemen for its cooperation in these early phases of the investigations, and particularly for facilitating the forensic examinations in Yemen..."
  • Blue Marlin, Voice of America, 26 October 2000 -- A Norwegian-owned semi-submersible heavy lift ship called the Blue Marlin is to arrive in the Yemeni harbor of Aden shortly to salvage the U-S destroyer Cole, damaged earlier this month in a terrorist attack.
  • Senator: Intelligence expert quit after warnings not heeded, Stars and Stripes, 26 October 2000 -- A top Pentagon terrorist intelligence expert who had warned of possible threats against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf quit his job the day after the deadly attack on the USS Cole, a Senate Armed Services Committee lawmaker said Wednesday.
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Briefing, Oct. 26, U.S. Department of Defense, 26 October 2000 -- Q: And on to some other questions. Yesterday on the Hill, some interesting things came out at the House Armed Services Committee hearing. Walt Slocombe said that there are - in talking about the NSA [National Security Agency] report that the Washington Times had reported on, he talked about a separate intelligence report that came out about 12 yours before the bombing. He said at the time that it didn't mention Yemen specifically. But since then, an intelligence official has confirmed to me that in fact it did include Yemen and several other countries.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 26 October 2000 -- Q: And one more question. Can you say whether, at the time of the explosion of the Cole in the harbor in Aden, whether the US Embassy in Sanaa was on a heightened state of alert?
  • White House Daily Briefing - USS Cole, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 26 October 2000 -- Q: Jake, a defense intelligence analyst resigned yesterday, and there's several reports now that the NSA sent out a warning about a potential terrorist attack. Based on what the President has been briefed about the USS Cole attack, does he believe that the intelligence community in any way dropped the ball in alerting various military assets in the region that a terrorist attack was coming? Does he have any particular message to send to the victims' families that they should not fear that the intelligence community dropped the ball?
  • Pentagon Spokesman's Regular Tuesday Briefing, U.S. Department of Defense, 24 October 2000 -- "Yesterday Secretary Cohen met with General Crouch and Admiral Gehman, the co-chairs of the commission that will study the bombing of the USS Cole to extract lessons learned."
  • Senate / Ship Attack, Voice of America, 25 October 2000 -- The Pentagon is facing new questions about whether it could have prevented the terrorist bombing of the U-S-S Cole in Yemen and the death of 17 sailors.
  • Facts of USS Cole Bombing Are "Under the Microscope," General Says, USIS Washington File, 25 October 2000 -- "We're determined to get to the bottom of this. We'll put the events that led up to (the attack on the USS) Cole under the microscope," General Tommy Franks, commander-in-chief (CINC) for the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), told the Senate Armed Services Committee October 25.
  • General Tommy Franks Testimony on USS Cole Attack, U.S. Department of Defense, 25 October 2000 -- Testifying before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees during separate hearings October 25, General Tommy Franks, commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), said that investigators are gathering facts designed to shed light on the attack on the USS Cole, with a view toward providing "insights as to how the threat we face today has evolved, and how we can best meet this threat in the future."
  • RECENT ATTACK IN YEMEN ON THE USS COLE October 19, 2000 - Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with General Anthony C. Zinni, USMC, Ret. Former Commander-in-Chief U.S. Central Command -- Aden never had a specific terrorist threat. All the other ports that we should have considered as options have had specific terrorist threats
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 20 October 2000 -- Q: There has been discrepancy or kind of back and forth about whether you are calling this an apparent terrorist attack or you have, in fact, decided that it is a terrorist attack. Can you clarify the position on this, and also talk about reported warnings that the State Department and/or other agencies received about threats to American interests abroad and when they received these warnings and who they notified?
  • Navy adds pier security following attack on USS Cole, Stars and Stripes, 20 October 2000 -- The Navy's 7th Fleet has tightened security on piers at Far East bases since the Oct. 12 bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 sailors.
  • Gen. Crouch, Adm. Gehman to head Cole inquiry, source, 20 October 2000 -- Two former high-ranking U.S. officers will launch an independent inquiry into the security situation aboard the USS Cole when the ship was attacked by terrorists in the Yemeni port of Aden last week, officials said Thursday.
  • Gen. Zinni defends use of Yemeni port for refueling, Stars and Stripes, 20 October 2000 -- Despite precarious situations in Yemen and reports of the country's links to terrorism, the Navy has little choice but to use the Middle Eastern country's ports for ship refueling, a former senior U.S. military commander said Thursday.
  • U-S Ship Warning, Voice of America, 20 October 2000 -- The U-S Defense Department will look into possible intelligence lapses that may have contributed to last week's deadly attack on the U-S navy destroyer Cole in the Yemeni harbor of Aden.
  • U-S Ship Attack, Voice of America, 20 October 2000 -- The U-S Navy has issued a revised timetable of events leading to last week's deadly bombing of the destroyer U-S-S Cole in the Yemeni harbor of Aden.
  • USS Cole Casualty Update, U.S. Department of Defense, 20 October 2000 -- A final list confirming the names and ranks of sailors killed in the Cole explosion
  • Navy Reports 57-Minute Error in Cole Attack Explosion, American Forces Press Service, 20 October 2000 -- The Oct. 12 explosion that ripped the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, occurred nearly an hour earlier than originally thought, according to Navy officials.
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 19 October 2000 -- Q: There were hearings today with Zinni there talking about the clearance for Yemen to be used for refueling, and there was a lot of tough questions about why that was allowed. I know there was some back and forth about who bears the ultimate responsibility for clearing the port, but since the State Department does have a role in all of this, is there some rethinking going on now about how ports will be cleared in the future?
  • US-Cole-Yemen, Voice of America, 19 October 2000 -- The former commander of U-S forces in the Middle East is defending his decision to have American warships refuel in Yemen, where a Navy destroyer was attacked last week by terrorist bombers.
  • Attorney General Reno's Weekly Media Briefing - USS Cole, The Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 19 October 2000 -- Q: Ms. Reno, can you tell us why FBI Director Freeh decided to go to Yemen? What was the purpose of his visit? How long will he be there?
  • Pentagon Regular Briefing, - USS Cole, U.S. Department of Defense, 19 October 2000 -- Q: Can you give us the latest update on the Cole situation and the recovery of bodies?
  • State Department Noon Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 18 October 2000 -- Q: Ambassador Bodine was telling reporters last night that there has been some significant developments in the Cole investigation. Do you know what they are? Can you shed light on that?
  • Panel to Look at Force Protection Lessons Learned from Cole , American Forces Press Service, 19 October 2000 -- A DoD panel will examine the terrorist attack against the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, to see what commanders can do to prevent such attacks, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said Oct. 19.
  • Secretary Cohen Orders Review of USS Cole Lessons Learned , American Forces Press Service, 19 October 2000 -- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has appointed retired Army Gen. William W. Crouch, former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, and Navy Adm. Harold W. Gehman, Jr., former commander-in-chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command, to lead a review of lessons learned from the Oct. 12 attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.
  • Navy Names Destroyer To Honor Rear Adm Chung-Hoon, U.S. Department of Defense, 10 October 2000 -- Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig has announced the decision to name the 43rd ship of the Arleigh Burke class of guided missile destroyers, "Chung-Hoon" (DDG 93).
  • Norfolk Ceremony Memorializes 17 Sailors Killed in Attack on USS Cole, USIS Washington File, 18 October 2000 -- The United States will find the perpetrators of the October 12 terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen that killed some 17 U.S. sailors and injured many others, President Clinton and top U.S. military officials say.
  • Bomb-making equipment found in apartment near Yemeni port, Stars and Stripes, 18 October 2000 -- Investigators have found bomb-making equipment in an apartment near the port and believe two former occupants may have carried out the suicide bombing that killed 17 sailors aboard the USS Cole, security officials said Tuesday.
  • Divers Recover Remains from Flooded Portion of Cole, American Forces Press Service, 17 October 2000 -- Navy divers have recovered the remains of six sailors killed in the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen Oct. 12. This leaves six sailors still missing.
  • USS Cole Investigation Under Way in Yemen, American Forces Press Service, 17 October 2000 -- The U.S. inquiry is under way into the Oct. 12 terrorist bombing of the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told reporters here Oct. 16.
  • U-S Ship Attack, Voice of America, 17 October 2000 -- The U-S Defense Department says the bodies of six more American sailors have been recovered from the crippled destroyer, U-S-S Cole, in Yemen.
  • News Briefing - USS Cole, U.S. Department of Defense, 17 October 2000 -- Q: Craig, the Yemeni government says that they have recovered some bomb-making equipment or materials. Can you shed any light on what the nature of that material is and the suspects who have been...
  • Aden port workers questioned; Yemen calls blast 'criminal act', Stars and Stripes, 17 October 2000 -- Yemeni security forces on Monday interrogated dozens of port workers and others - including the head of the company that services U.S. warships - as divers struggled to retrieve more bodies from the mangled USS Cole wreckage where 17 Americans died last week.
  • Cole victims' families share memories, Stars and Stripes, 17 October 2000 -- Death claimed more than a U.S. Navy deck seaman when it took the life of Seaman Apprentice Craig Bryan Wibberley.
  • With ships' arrival, Cole sailors are finally getting some rest, Stars and Stripes, 17 October 2000 -- The remaining sailors aboard the USS Cole are finally getting some much-needed rest.
  • U-S Ship Attack, Voice of America, 16 October 2000 -- In Washington, Navy officials have disclosed that the destroyer U-S-S Cole came close to sinking after being attacked last week in a Yemeni harbor by terrorist bombers.
  • Yemen Blast, Voice of America, 16 October 2000 -- Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, says the explosion that damaged a U-S warship last week was a planned criminal act.
  • USS Cole blast 'more than just TNT,' says official, Stars and Stripes, 16 October 2000 -- A blast more powerful "than just TNT" buckled the USS Cole's deck and turned the attack boat into "confetti size" pieces that rained down on the crippled destroyer, officials said Sunday in accounts that shed light on the enormous devastation of the bombing.
  • Cole Wounded Come Home, Memorial Service Planned, American Forces Press Service, 16 October 2000 -- Thirty-three sailors wounded in the terrorist attack on the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, returned Oct. 15 to Norfolk, Va.
  • As USS Cole victims return home, probe seeks links to terrorism, Stars and Stripes, 15 October 2000 -- With the wounded safe and the bodies of five of the 17 dead sailors back on American soil, dozens of investigators descended on this port city Saturday to determine whether it was terrorists who attacked the USS Cole as it sat in a Yemeni harbor.
  • Bandaged, exhausted Cole sailors arrive at Landstuhl, Stars and Stripes, 15 October 2000 -- Bandaged and exhausted from an 18-hour journey, 39 sailors injured aboard the USS Cole finally arrived at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center on Saturday.
  • Wounded USS Cole sailors just want to find peace, Stars and Stripes, 15 October 2000 -- The shock is not even close to fading away and the tears are still close to the surface for wounded sailors from the USS Cole.
  • Letter From The President To The Speaker of The House Of Representatives And The President Pro Tempore Of The Senate - USS Cole, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 15 October 2000 -- Letter outlining the steps taken by the President immediately following the Cole explosion.
  • Clinton-Yemen Ship, Voice of America, 14 October 2000 -- President Clinton used his Saturday radio address to pay tribute to those killed in the terrorist attack on the U-S Navy ship in Yemen, and to again vow to find those responsible.
  • Shock, sadness take over on planned day of celebration, Stars and Stripes, 14 October 2000 -- On what should have been a day of pride and celebration - the 225th birthday of the U.S. Navy - sailors reading newspapers and seeing televised photos of the devastating damage aboard the USS Cole were instead shocked and saddened Friday morning by a terrorist attack.
  • Kaiserslautern gears up for injured sailors' arrival, Stars and Stripes, 14 October 2000 -- One after another, dozens of civilians, Army and Air Force members walked into the blood drive auditorium Friday and rolled up their sleeves.
  • Sailors in Far East stunned, angered by USS Cole incident, Stars and Stripes, 14 October 2000 -- If some Middle East terrorists want to pick a fight with the U.S. Navy, there are plenty of sailors and Marines in the Western Pacific who are ready.
  • Cole victims arrive in Germany; investigation of blast intensifies, Stars and Stripes, 14 October 2000 -- With the crippled USS Cole listing slightly in the harbor, American investigators, Marines and soldiers swarmed into this deep-water port Friday, bringing sniffer dogs and sophisticated equipment to search for clues in the blast that killed 17 American sailors.
  • Special briefing on the USS Cole incident, U.S. Department of Defense, 13 October 2000 -- "The pictures of the coffins arriving at Ramstein remind us that this is a moment of sorrow and a moment of gratitude for the sacrifices that not only these sailors have made but that our military men and women make around the world every day, that they perform duty in our interest."
  • Press Briefing By Jake Siewert - USS Cole, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 13 October 2000 -- Q: Jake, is the United States ruling out retaliation if the perpetrators of the U.S.S. Cole act can be found?
  • Ten sailors missing in apparent attack on Cole presumed dead, Stars and Stripes, 13 October 2000 -- The 10 U.S. sailors missing in the bombing of the U.S. Navy warship in Yemen are presumed dead, raising the death toll in the apparent terrorist attack to 17, the Navy said Friday.
  • Cole Investigation VOA 10-13-2000 - American authorities are enroute to Yemen to investigate Thursday's apparent terrorist bombing of the U-S Navy Destroyer "Cole" that killed 17 American sailors.
  • Clinton-Yemen-ship VOA 10-13-2000 - The Pentagon now says 17 navy personnel are presumed to have been killed in blast.
  • U-S / Ship VOA 10-13-2000 - The U-S Defense Department is vowing not to give in to terrorists by curtailing military deployments abroad.
  • Navy continues to investigate explosion on USS Cole (DDG 67) United States Navy Oct. 13, 2000 - Yemen is the Defense Fuel Support Point that has been open just over a year. It has been used 12 times in the past year, usually when an oiler is not part of the battle group. The fueling point is in the center of an industrial harbor and consists of concrete pilings built specifically for commercial refueling.
  • EXPLOSION ABOARD USS COLE FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//N00// THERE IS NO REASON TO THINK THAT THIS WAS ANYTHING BUT A CALCULATED, BRUTAL ACT OF TERRORISM.
  • Special briefing on the USS Cole incident DoD News Briefing Friday, October 13, 2000 - The threat level had been raised to threat level bravo when the Cole pulled into the harbor, and they had armed people up on deck. This is a very damaged ship. There are flooded compartments in this ship. They have to patch it, and they have to get it -- enough power restored so she could move. Because of the damage to the communications equipment on the ship, we did not immediately know the crew members that were dead, missing or injured. There are two other Navy ships in Aden now. The USS Hawes, an FFG [frigate], is moored near the -- Aden. And the USS Donald Cook, which is a destroyer, is also in the area.
  • Media availability in Norfolk, Va., on the USS Cole incident DoD News Briefing October 13, 2000 - The ship currently has electricity. A lot of the communications were damaged as a result of the explosion. We have tugs available, U.S. Navy tugs available in the region. The best numbers we have are 35 injured.
  • CASUALTIES IN THE INCIDENT ON USS COLE
  • U-S SHIP ATTACK, Voice of America, 13 October 2000 -- The apparent terrorist attack on a U-S destroyer in Yemen has underscored one of the vulnerabilities of modern warships.
  • Cole Explosion Death Toll Rises, American Forces Press Service, 13 October 2000 -- Three more sailors have died in an apparent terrorist attack against the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. This brings the death toll to seven. Ten more sailors are missing.
  • CASUALTIES IN THE INCIDENT ON USS COLE, U.S. Department of Defense, 13 October 2000 -- A list of those killed in the attack on the USS Cole.
  • U-S SHIP/ATTACK OVERNIGHTER, Voice of America, 12 October 2000 -- U-S officials have launched an investigation into a suspected suicide terrorist attack on a Navy destroyer in Yemen.
  • U-S SHIP / ATTACK, Voice of America, 12 October 2000 -- In the Middle East, an apparent terrorist bomb has ripped a massive hole in the side of a U-S Navy destroyer.
  • Press Briefing By Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright - USS Cole Attack, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 12 October 2000 -- Q: Madame Secretary, please, on the ramming of the Navy ship; is there any knowledge, any information of who may have done it?
  • Cohen Says Cause of Blast That Damaged U.S. Ship Not Yet Certain, USIS Washington File, 12 October 2000 -- Defense Secretary William Cohen told reporters at the Pentagon October 12 that the cause of the explosion that killed five U.S. Navy sailors when it ripped open the steel hull of an American warship in the Yemeni port of Aden for refueling is not yet certain.
  • Attorney General Reno's Weekly Media Briefing - USS Cole Attack, The Department of Justice, Washington, DC, 12 October 2000 -- Q: And can you tell us the nature of the resources that the FBI is sending to the region...
  • Statement By The President On Middle East Situation And Incident On Uss Cole In Yemen, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 12 October 2000 -- If, as it now appears, this was an act of terrorism, it was a despicable and cowardly act. We will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable. If their intention was to deter us from our mission of promoting peace and security in the Middle East, they will fail, utterly.
  • Pentagon Special Briefing - USS Cole Attack, U.S. Department of Defense, 12 October 2000 -- At 5:15 this morning, Washington time, a large explosion blew a hole in the hull of the USS Cole as she was mooring at Aden, Yemen, to refuel. According to current reports, five sailors are dead, 36 are wounded, and 12 are still missing. These numbers are likely to change as we learn more.
  • Death of American Servicemembers Aboard The United States Ship Cole, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 12 October 2000 -- As a mark of respect for those who died on the United States Ship COLE, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, Monday, October 16, 2000.
  • Four Sailors Die in Terrorist Attack in Yemen, American Forces Press Service, 12 October 2000 -- Four sailors are dead, 35 injured and 12 missing following a terrorist attack Oct. 12 on the destroyer USS Cole in Aden, Yemen.
  • YEMEN / BOMBING, Voice of America, 12 October 2000 -- A small boat carrying what appears to be heavy explosives has rammed a U-S Navy ship and exploded off the coast of Yemen, killing four U-S sailors and wounding at least 30 others.


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