On 12 October 2000, a suicide attack was launched against the USS Cole, while it was harbored and being refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden. 17 American sailors were killed, and 39 were injured. This event was the deadliest attack against a United States Naval vessel since 1987. The terrorist organization al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. The American Navy has reconsidered their rules of engagement in response to this attack.
The DDG (Arleigh Burke Class destroyer) carries an impressive array of weaponry.
RUM-139 Vertical Launch ASROC
RGM-84 Harpoon missile
RIM-161, RIM-66M, RIM-162 surface to air missiles
2 X 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
90 cell Mk 41 Vertical Launching System
1 X 127mm Mk-45 cannon
MH60S Seahawk helicopter