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USS Roark (DE 1053)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - O - U - R
Motto: Victory Through Service      Nickname: Mickey Roark


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 stars
Third Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 199C / 1964
Number in Class: 46
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 16 / 211
Missiles: 1 8-tube Mk25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS in DE 1052-1069, 1071-1083, 1 8-tube Mk29 NATO Sea Sparrow IPDMS in DE 1070, Harpoon missiles from modified ASROC launcher
Guns: 1 x 5"/54 cal. DP Mk 42 (600 rds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Mod. 11/13/14 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 14/16 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Roark (DE 1053) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 July 1964: Building contract awarded to Todd Shipyard Corp.
  • 02 February 1966: Keel laid by the Todd-Pacific Shipyard Corp., Seattle, Wash.
  • 24 April 1967: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. William M. Roark and Mrs. Frank F. Roark
  • 22 November 1969: Commissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Wayne L. Beech in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 21 at San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1053)
  • 01 June 1987: Assigned to Naval Reserve Force, Pacific, at San Francisco, Cal.
  • 14 December 1991: Decommissioned after 22.1 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 October 2004: Contract for scrapping awarded to International Shipbreaking Corp., Brownsville, Tex.
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    roark 6k William Marshall Roark was born on 23 October 1943 at Sioux City, Iowa. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956, he graduated and was commissioned ensign on 8 June 1960 and advanced to the rank of lieutenant, 1 June 1964. He attended the naval flight school at Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Tex., and subsequently reported for duty in Attack Squadron 153 on board USS Coral Sea (CVA 43). Lieutenant Roark was killed in action 7 April 1965 while on a bombing mission over North Vietnam.

    USS Roark (DE 1053) (1969-1991) was the first ship to be named in his honor, and the first ship to be named for someone lost in the Vietnam War.

    (Photo from the site: U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1960)
    Bill Gonyo
    Roark 45k undated, broadside view of the Knox class ship, USS Roark (FF 1053), clearly showing her stern mounted missile system. -
    Roark 160k undated Cdr P. N. Leenhouts, USN
    Roark 83k late 1970's: at Sydney Harbor, Australia (Photo © Barry Seward) Barry A. Seward
    Melbourne, Australia
    Roark 81k 14 September 1990: At sea - A port bow view of Roark underway. (Note date of photo. Date has to be incorrect since the hull upgrade isn't done yet.) (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11614 by PHAN Burgess from the Defense Visual Information Center ) Navsource
    Roark 91k undated -
    Roark 143k 12 May 1981: At sea - A port bow view of Roark underway en route to Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-11732 by PH3 Swinland from the DVIC ) Navsource
    Roark 233k 15 June 1982: NavSta, Subic Bay, Luzon, P.I. - An aerial view of the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility. Berthed at the shipyard are the Knox-class frigates Roark and USS Harold E. Holt (FF 1074). Moored alongside them is the guided missile frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-06232 by PH1 David McLean from the DVIC )
    Roark 73k April 1983: the North Central Pacific Ocean - Taken during FleetEx 83-1 from USCGC Rush (WHEC 723). USS Roark approached us from astern as we formed a gun line for an upcoming gunnery exercise. Bryan Fisher
    RMC, USCG
    1975-1993
    ***Roark / Knox*** 37k 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Roark in reserve, nested with Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Knox (FF 1052) and Hepburn (FF 1055) alongside. (Photo © James H. Hopper III) James H. Hopper III,
    Cdr, USN (ret.)
    Roark 180k July 1994: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Sailfish (USS 572), Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Stein (FF 1065) and Roark in mothballs at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Photo by Gilbert Gyssels). Gilbert Gyssels
    Roark 155k 27 July 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Stein (FF 1065), Roark, and New Jersey (BB 62) in mothballs, nested at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Photos by Gilbert Gyssels)
    Roark 155k
    Roark 222
    Roark 27k 11 February 2004: Roark passing San Padre Island, Tex. on the way to International Shipbreaking (from the website of International Shipbreaking Corp., Brownsville TX) Tom Bateman
    Roark 110k 19 February 2004: Brownsville, Tex. - Roark awaits the cutting torches at the shipbreakers in the Port of Brownsville. (Photo from Pinemikey's Pbase Galleries) © Michael Martin
    Roark 183k William M. Roark's place on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. Panel 1E Line 107. Panel 1E is right where the memorial bends. Steve Dietrich

    Roark Memorabilia
    Ship's Plaque
    (post 1975, as FF)
    Roark
    Courtesy of
    Tommy Trampp

    Roark's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   22 Nov. 1969 - Nov. 1970Cmdr. Wayne L. Beech
    2.)   Nov. 1970 - May 1972Cmdr. Arthur Stanley Moreau, Jr. (later Adm.) *
    3.)   May 1972 - Nov. 1972Cmdr. Robert J. Kerrigan
    4.)   Nov. 1972 - May 1974Lcdr. Griffin Freeman Hamilton
    5.)   May 1974 - May 1976Lcdr. Paul Davis Moses (ret. as Radm.)
    6. )  May 1976 - May 1978Cmdr. Jack Lane Weston
    7.)   May 1978 - Mar. 1981Cmdr. Thomas Edward Ferguson
    8.)   Mar. 1981 - Oct. 1982Cmdr. Frederick Gilbert Kleyn III
    9.)   Oct. 1982 - Feb. 1985Cmdr. Hugh Leonard Webb
    10.) Feb. 1985 - May 1987Cmdr. Jeffrey R. Beinbrink
    11.) May 1987 - Feb. 1990Cmdr. Warren E. Small
    12.) Feb. 1990 - 14 Dec. 1991Cmdr. Steven Earl Pilnick
    * Adm. Moreau died of a heart attack in Naples, Italy while serving as CinCUSNavEur - 8 Dec. 1986
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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Roark
    USS Roark Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Roark Page on Military.Com
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