After having spent 24 years in the Navy, I think I know more about it then you do.
Several have been taken for years, our navy personnel held as prisoners
The last one that I know of was the USS Pueblo, under the command of Capt. Pete Bucher.
The USS PUEBLO, which was captured by the North Koreans in 1968, was the first U.S. Navy ship to be hi-jacked on the high seas by a foreign military force in over 150 years.
It was also the last.
What happened when the USS Cole was attacked
Nothing, because we had a President that had no balls, and he passed the problem on instead of retaliating like he should have.
But on a smaller level, things did happen.
The first naval ship on the scene to assist the stricken Cole was the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Marlborough, under the command of Capt Anthony Rix, RN. She was on passage to the UK after a six-month deployment in the Gulf. Marlborough had full medical and damage control teams on board and when her offer of assistance was accepted she immediately diverted to Aden. Eleven of the most badly injured sailors were sent via MEDEVAC to a French military hospital in Djibouti and underwent surgery before being sent to Germany.
The first U.S. military support to arrive was a small group of U.S. Marines from the Interim Marine Corps Security Force Company, Bahrain. The Marines were flown in by P-3 a few hours after the ship was struck. These Marines were followed by a U.S Marine platoon with the 2nd Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company (FAST), based out of Yorktown, Virginia. The Marines from 4th Platoon, 2nd FAST arrived on the 13th from a security mission in Doha, Qatar. The FAST platoon secured the USS Cole and a nearby hotel that was housing the U.S. Ambassador to Yemen.
The destroyer's rules of engagement, as approved by the Pentagon, kept its guards from firing upon the small boat loaded with explosives as it neared them without first obtaining permission from the Cole's captain or another officer.
They did not need to get the Presidents permission, the Capt had the authority to open fire at anytime if he had felt his ship was in danger.
But since it was a surprise attack, they reacted to late.
Having been to the port of Aden myself, it was nothing unusual for small boats to approach our ships, selling souvennirs, food, fruits and anything else they thought they could sell.
On 19 January 2001, The U.S. Navy completed and released its Judge Advocate General Manual (JAGMAN) investigation of the incident, concluding that Cole's commanding officer Commander Kirk Lippold "acted reasonably in adjusting his force protection posture based on his assessment of the situation that presented itself" when Cole arrived in Aden to refuel. The JAGMAN also concluded that "the commanding officer of Cole did not have the specific intelligence, focused training, appropriate equipment or on-scene security support to effectively prevent or deter such a determined, preplanned assault on his ship" and recommended significant changes in Navy procedures. In spite of this finding, Lippold was subsequently denied promotion and retired at the same rank of commander in 2007.
How about the Marine Barracks in Beirut
How about it?
That was my first overseas assignment.
It was in 1983, and I had been in the navy for 4 years at the time.
I was not in the barracks at the time, I was escorting a sick marine to the USS Iwo Jima, on station off the coast.
BTW, The first season of American Idol premiered on June 11, 2002.
why should we spend too much time thinking about dead Americans who after all signed up on their own free will
You dont have to if you choose not to, thats the beauty of this country.
I choose to, because I am a veteran and those men were my brothers.
I realize you dont understand that, but any veteran would.
Let's go shopping. Does that work for you mysteryman?????
No, because I hate going shopping.
If however it makes you feel better, then by all means do go shopping.