A special visitor is in Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale right now. The USS Cole (DDG-67), an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer. Pictured above is the USS Cole, underway somewhere in one of the worlds oceans or seas.
This is the same ship that was attacked by a small recreational type vessel loaded with explosives while in port in Yemen.
Well not to be done in by a small fiberglass boat, the Cole was repaired and headed back to sea. And now she is visiting South Florida. I am sure that right now as I type this, people serving on her are out somewhere raising hell like only US Navy personnel can do. I hope Ft Lauderdale can handle it.
Anyhow, she is open to tours. I do not know if she is open to the entire general public or not, but I got an email saying if I wanted to take a guided tour I should email someone. So I did. And I got a time slot! Today. Friday! So I have to be at the port before the tour starts.
Cameras are allowed. There may or may not be areas of the ship where photos are not allowed to be taken. I have no idea. I figure someone will tell me if this is the case however. My guess is this is the reason I was told to show up before the tour starts - so that I can get a briefing.
Anyhow - this will be cool. When I get chances to do stuff like this I do it. Because they do not come along every day.
I am going with a full camera battery, and an empty storage card.