The second USS Cole (DDG-67) is an Arleigh Burke-class "Aegis" guided missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. This Cole is named in honor of Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, a machine gunner killed in action on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945.
On 12 October 2000, Cole was attacked from a small inflatable boat by suicide bombers. Seventeen sailors were killed and 39 were injured. The U.S. government offered a reward of up to US$5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those persons who committed or aided in the attack on the Cole. On 4 November 2002, Ali Qaed Sinan al-Harthi, who is believed to have planned the attack, was killed by the CIA using an AGM-114 Hellfire missile launched from a RQ-1 Predator unmanned drone.
Cole was returned to the United States aboard the Norwegian heavy transport ship MV Blue Marlin owned by Offshore Heavy Transport of Oslo, Norway. The ship was off-loaded 13 December 2000, from Blue Marlin in a pre-dredged deep-water facility at the shipyard of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Ingalls Operations. After a successful 14-month effort to repair the damage Cole departed Pascagoula, Mississippi, on 19 April 2002, and returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. The Cole left Norfolk on November 29, 2003 on the destroyer's first overseas deployment since it was bombed in the year 2000.
Al-Qaida probably targeted the Cole because an earlier attempt to bring down the USS Sullivans on January 3, 2000 failed. See: 2000 celebration terrorist attacks plot.
There was another Cole; see USS Cole (DD-155).