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Encore Q&A: Kirk S. Lippold USN, (RET)

Washington, DC
Saturday, February 23, 2013

Author and former commanding officer of the USS Cole, Kirk Lippold, discusses his new historical narrative titled “Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole.” Lippold recounts the events surrounding the attack which occurred October 12, 2000 at a refueling stop in the port of Aden in Yemen. He describes the heroic measures taken by his crew to save the ship from sinking and help reduce casualties. 17 crew members were killed and 37 injured in the bombing. He comments on the Navy’s formal investigation conducted after the incident, and the final report which stated that all the available force protection measures were not put in place by Lippold on that day. He describes this attack as the “start of the war on terror” and discusses intelligence lapses leading up to and following the day of the incident.

Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:04pm (ET)

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