Mobilizing to support families and crew members after the attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67) was a huge task, but Naval Station Norfolk was able to draw on resources throughout the Mid-Atlantic, thanks to the Navy's regionalization initiative.
Thursday, 12 October 2000, started out as a normal working day at Naval Station Norfolk. It did not, end that way. The attack on the USS Cole (DDG-67), home ported at Naval Station Norfolk, instantly generated a requirement to provide extraordinary support for the families and crew of the warship. The scale of that support, coupled with intense press interest in the incident and grave security concerns, had the potential to overwhelm the resources any base could muster.