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Navy Sets Up Blast Phone Number

October 12, 2000

The U.S. Navy set up a toll-free telephone number for relatives of crew of the USS Cole, the destroyer hit by a major explosion while in port in Aden, Yemen, on Thursday.

The number, 1-800-368-3202, is intended to provide information on the condition of the ship and its crew.

The Cole, with a crew of about 350, is home-ported at Norfolk, Va., and is part of the USS George Washington carrier battle group. The explosion occurred while the ship made a refueling stop at Aden while transiting from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf.

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