October 2000
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APRIL 2002
(18 months after the ship was nearly sunk in a deadly terrorist attack)

Sailors man the rails as the USS Cole pulls out of Northrop Grumman's Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., Friday, April 19, 2002, heading for its home port in Norfolk, Va. The guided missile destroyer returned to duty Friday after 14 months of repairs from an explosion that tore a hole in the ship's side, killing 17 sailors in a terrorist attack on Oct. 12, 2000, in Yemen. (AP Photo/ Northrup Grumman Ship Systems, Ron Elias)

The USS Cole is tied up to the pier as it returns to the Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va., Thursday, April 25, 2002. The USS Cole returned to its home port a year and a half after a bomb ripped it open and killed 17 of its sailors in Yemen. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)


by caguy