26 Jan '13, 10pm

USS Cole returns home following a nine-month deployment. Welcome home shipmates!

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Following a nine-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea, the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) returned to Naval Station Norfolk today marking the successful conclusion of her maiden Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) deployment. The ship departed last April for the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Cole is the fourth BMD-capable ship to deploy to the European theater as part of the Phased Adaptive Approach, the purpose of which is to protect European allies, partners, U.S. forces in the region, and the U.S. homeland against current and emerging ballistic threats. While deployed, Cole achieved new records of success in equipment availability and mission readiness, being 100 percent operationally capable. Both Command Master Chief Larry Dean and Commanding...

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