Pictures: USS Cole deploys on Thursday, Dec. 15

The USS Cole deployed from Naval Station Norfolk Thursday morning with 330 sailors aboard.

The guided-missile destroyer is headed to the Mediterranean and Arabian Gulf to perform maritime security operations and offer support for to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, said Cmdr. David P. Wroe.

“We are excited because we get to do what we’ve been training for,” Wroe said Thursday morning, standing on the pier in front of the ship.

“We are ‘determined warriors,’” he added, quoting the ship’s motto. “We don’t let anything stop us.”

Read more about the USS Cole deployment here.

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