September 4, 2001
USS Cole set for relaunch
A significant event in the restoration of USS COLE (DDG 67) by Northrop Grumman's Ingalls Shipbuilding unit was achieved Labor Day weekend when the Aegis destroyer was rolled onto the shipyard's floating drydock in preparation for launch on Sept. 15, 2001.
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems moved the ship over land by a system of electrically powered cars traveling over rails.
The ship arrived at Ingalls on December 13, 2000, from Aden,Yemen, and was moved on land where it has remained during the restoration.
Structural replacements and repairs have been completed and the ship is on schedule to be redelivered to the U.S. Navy next spring.