Matt Bradley’s Boat
Matt Bradley is a former US Navy SEAL who worked on the USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer. The USS Cole was commissioned in 1996 and is part of the Arleigh Burke-class of destroyers. It is named after Marine Sergeant Darrell S. Cole, who was killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
USS Cole Specifications
The USS Cole measures 505 feet long and 66 feet wide. It has a displacement of 8,900 tons and can reach speeds up to 30 knots. It is powered by four gas turbines and two propellers, and it carries a crew of approximately 300 sailors. The ship is equipped with an array of weapons, including Tomahawk cruise missiles, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, Phalanx close-in weapon systems, and torpedoes.
USS Cole Missions
The USS Cole has been deployed on numerous missions since its commissioning in 1996. These include operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Sea. In 2000, the ship was attacked by terrorists while refueling in Yemen, resulting in the death of 17 sailors and 39 injured. Since then, the USS Cole has continued to serve as an important part of US naval operations around the world.