NORFOLK -- The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole shipped out Friday.
The ship left Naval Station Norfolk on a six-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
The Navy says the Cole will enter the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding waters to conduct maritime operations and strengthen partner nations' maritime capabilities, promoting a secure maritime environment.
“It is an honor to command Cole as we set sail,” said Cmdr. Dennis Farrell, the ship’s commanding officer. “The men and women who make up the crew of Cole are this nation’s best and brightest, and they have answered the call to serve America, protect the nation’s security, and carry out the maritime strategy.”
A true symbol of American resolve, the USS Cole deploys once again. pic.twitter.com/cW0qqqb5I8— Mike Gooding 13News (@13MikeGooding) August 22, 2014
Cole returned from her last deployment in January 2013. Between maintenance periods, the crew was underway for certification exercises, participation in the NATO exercise Joint Warrior, and Fleet Week New York earlier this year.