The Bombing Of The Uss Cole

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We will never forget that 17 of our Sailor 's died during a routine refueling stop conducted by the USS Cole. The bombing of the USS Cole (DDG 67) and the subsequent implementation of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection measures are important to our Navy heritage because it is a reminder that vigilance can avert future attacks. Whether in the maritime domain, or in support of operations ashore, Senior Navy Leaders are a key player in ensuring that Anti-Terrorism measures are followed to protect yourself, Sailors ' under your command, and all Navy personnel. This paper will cover the history of the bombing of the USS Cole (DDG 67), the evolution of Anti-Terrorism Force Protection and the effects to current U.S. Navy operations. History On the morning of October 12, 2000, during a routine refueling stop; the 505-foot USS Cole (DDG 67) was crippled and nearly sunk when two men steered a small fishing boat towards the center of the ship, where they detonated a small plastic explosive device in a suicide attack. According to reports, the amount of C-4 used in the construction of the bomb was "equivalent to 700 pounds of TNT" (Ibarra, 2013). In the explosion 's aftermath, 17 Sailors died and 37 crewmembers were wounded; and a $789 million ship was severely damaged in an act of "asymmetrical warfare" against the United States (Burns, 2000). In the days and weeks following the attack, the Congressional Research Service (Perl & O 'Rourke, 2001) put together a report linking Usama

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