NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY.com) -- 275 sailors stationed aboard theGuided Missile Destroyer USS Cole are finally home.
USS Cole pulled into Naval Station Norfolk Friday morning.
The Cole is certainly a historic ship, rebuilt after the deadlyterror attack in 2000. During this deployment, the Cole made history again, but this time onlygood news came from overseas.
During their six months at sea, the men and women on board didsomething no one else in the US NAVY has done.
"It's never happened before that a US ship has sailed under orwith a foreign nation's battle group," says Lieutenant CommanderMichael Pfarrer.
Over the phone, Pfarrer described what it was like to sailwith ships from Spain, France, and England.
"The British are very good at several warfare areas. We are verygood at several warfare areas and we integrated that all toward acommon goal for a common purpose."
Every country has a different way of doing things, and Pfarrersays there was a pretty big issue they worked hard to overcome.
"The British love having their meals at one o'clock in theafternoon whereas we had our meals at 11 o'clock."
Don't let him fool you. A lot more was going on thandinner.
"We exercised air defense, mine warfare, amphibiouslandings."
Through their practice, a new place in history was madepermanent.
"The friendships and the partnerships that we developed over thelast five months were outstanding."
WAVY.com will be pierside during the Cole homecoming and we'llhave updates for you throughout the day.
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