ADEN, Yemen

is the Port of Call by the
USS Hassayampa AO-145
On 27-29 April 1964
with Task Force 90
First Concord Squadron
.The United States government detached an expeditionary force to the Indian Ocean. Designated the Concord Squadron with Bon Homme Richard at its heart. The squadron transited the narrow Straits of Malacca , and became the first United States Task Force to patrol the waters of the Indian Ocean, since the mid 1950's. Its mission- peace and good- will.
Aden was the capital of the People's Democratic Republic of the Yemen until the uniting of North and South Yemen when it was declared a free trade zone

Aden, Yemen, is a natural port, built on an old volcanic site and first used by the ancient Kingdom of Awsan between the 5th and 7th centuries B.C. Aden consists of a number of small towns: the port city, the industrial city known as Little Aden with its large oil refinery, and Madinat ash-Sha'b, the centre of government. Two suburbs, Khormaksar and Sheikh Othman, lie north of the old city, with the international airport situated between them.

The USS Cole bombing was a terrorist attack against the U.S. guided missile destroyer that occurred on October 12, 2000.

Cole suffered severe damage in a suicied bombing attack when the ship was in the port of Aden, Yemem for a routine fuel stop. Cole completed mooring operations at 9:30 a.m. Refueling started at 10:30 a.m. At 11:18 p.m. Bahrain time (3:18 a.m. EDT), a small boat approached the port side of the destroyer, and an explosion occurred causing a 40-foot by 40-foot gash in the port side of the Cole. Damage control efforts to manage flooding in the ship's engineering spaces were reported successful that evening. Divers inspected the hull and said the keel was not damaged.

Man walks by Cole's starboard prop.

Cole was transported from Aden by the Norwegian heavy transport ship M/V Blue Marlin. She arrived in Pascagoula December 24, 2000.

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Blue Marlin moving under the Cole

Cole and Blue Marlin sailing to Pascagoula