USS Cole Will Be Launched As Scheduled

The USS Cole will return to the water this weekend as scheduled.

Following Tuesday's attacks, Navy officials discussed delaying the launch. Since that time the Cole and Naval Station Pascagoula have been under tight security.

On Saturday, the Cole will float again for the first time since a terrorist bomb ripped a huge hole in its side. Preparations have already begun at Ingalls but the actually re-floating process will begin early Saturday morning.