USS Cole Operations Gallery (10 Photos)

While on its long journey from the Mediterranean Sea, across the Aegian Sea to the Black Sea, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) conducted multiple operations.

The vessel conducted small boat operations and a passenger transfer, as well as a pre-action caliber fire exercise with USS Ross (DDG 71) during which USS Cole launched an MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun and a periodic scheduled maintenance of a Mark 32 torpedo tube.

USS Cole also engaged in replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195).

Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.

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Naval Today Staff, Images: US Navy