Navy marks 11th anniversary of USS Cole attack

By BROCK VERGAKIS | October 12, 2011 | 12:50 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Survivors and relatives of those killed in the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen marked the 11th anniversary of the bombing at the ship's home base in Norfolk.

Wednesday's ceremony comes after a Pentagon official recently approved charges that carry a possible death penalty for a Guantanamo prisoner accused of planning the attack.

Abd al-Nashiri (ahbd al-ruh-HEEM' al-nuh-SHEE'-ree ) is to be arraigned Nov. 9 at the U.S. military base in Cuba on charges that include murder in violation of the law of war. The attack on the U.S. destroyer killed 17 sailors and wounded 40.

The Cole's current commanding officer, Cmdr. Andrew Ehlers (ellers), said during the ceremony that al-Nashiri's prosecution means justice may finally be done.