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USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - S - B - R
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Unit Commendation w/ 3 stars - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation w/ 3 stars - CG Meritorious Unit Commendation
Third Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7) - National Defense Service Ribbon w/ 1 star - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ 3 stars
Fourth Row: Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 3 stars - GWOT Expeditionary Service Medal - GWOT Service Medal
Fifth Row: Armed Forces Service Ribbon - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 7 stars - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon
Sixth Row: United Nations Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


"No Higher Honor"
Specifications:
Class: Oliver Hazard Perry (Long Hull, LAMPS III modified, As Built)
Type: SCB No. 261 / 1979 - 1984
Number in Class: 26 (8, 36-61)
Displacement: 3174 tons (std), 4082 tons (full)
Length: 408' (wl), 453' (oa)
Beam: 45.4' (extreme)
Draft: 24' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines; 41,000 shp; 1 shaft, cp propeller, 325 hp retractable propeller pods
Speed: 29 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots, 5400 nm @ 16 knots
Complement: 13 / 206 (includes 19 man air detachment)
Missiles: 1-Mk 13 Mod 4 launcher, 4 SSM McDonnell-Douglas Harpoon missiles, 36 GDC-Pomona Standard SM-1MR missiles
Guns: 1-Mk 75 3"/62 cal. OTO Melara gun, 1-Vulcan Phalanx CIS, 4-.50 cal. MG's
ASW Weapons: 6-324mm Mk 32 (2 triple) tubes / Mk 46 torpedoes
Radars: AN/SPS-55 (surface), AN/SPS-49(V)214 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-56, AN/SQR-19 TACTAS (Towed Array)
Elec. Warfare: SLQ-25 Nixie System, SLQ-32(V)2 Electronic Countermeasures System
Fire Control Systems: 1 Mk13 Weapon-Direction System, 1 Mk92 weapons FCS, 1 modified SPG-60 STIR radar (Separate Target Illumination Radar)
Helicopter: 2-SH-60 LAMPS III Helicopters, RAST (Recovery, Assistance, Securing and Traversing System) helicopter hauldown system
Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) Building and Operational Data:
  • 22 March 1982: Building contract awarded to the Bath Iron Works Corp.
  • 21 May 1984: Keel laid by the Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Me.
  • 08 December 1984: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Jack Yusen, wife of DE 413 WWII crewmember
  • 12 April 1986: Commissioned at Bath, Me., Cmdr. Paul X. Rinn in command, assigned to Naval Surface Group 4 at Newport, R.I.
  • 14 April 1988: Struck an Iranian mine in the Persian Gulf, towed to Dubai for drydocking and temporary repairs
  • 03 - 30 July 1988: Returned home aboard the Dutch heavy-lift carrier Mighty Servant
  • 10 March 1994: Homeport changed to Norfolk, Va. as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 26
  • 2015: Completed service as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 14 at Mayport, Fla.
  • 22 May 2015: Decommissioned at Naval Station Mayport, Fla after 29.1 years of service

    "Samuel B. Roberts, The Ship"    -    "Samuel B. Roberts, The People"

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    Samuel B. Roberts 75k Artist's conception of Samuels B. Roberts by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the long hulled guided missile frigates ARE available. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Samuel B. Roberts 207k Samuel Booker Roberts (12 May 1921 - 27 September 1942) was born in San Francisco, Cal. and enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in 1939. Called to active duty in 1940, he served in USS California (BB 44) and USS Heywood (APA 6) before being transferred to the troop transport USS Bellatrix (AKA 20). In 1942, Bellatrix was assigned to Task Group Four and became part of the Guadalcanal Assault Force. As a coxswain for one of the Bellatrix’s assault (Higgins) boats, Roberts became extensively involved in the landing of Marines ashore and the transporting of supplies from ships at sea to what was a very tenuous beachhead.

    As a result of the heavy fighting at sea beginning 7 August, Coxswain Roberts was transferred to the Beachmaster unit on the island of Guadalcanal to perform transport and medevac duties. Early on the morning of 27 September 1942, Roberts volunteered for a rescue mission to save a company sized unit of marines who had been surrounded by a numerically superior Japanese force. Initially the rescue group of several Higgins boats were taken under heavy enemy fire and was perilously close to failure. Realizing the state of the rescue mission, Roberts unselfishly volunteered to distract the Jap forces by passing directly in front of their lines and drawing their fire. The decoy act was performed effectively until all the Marines had been evacuated. However, as he was about to withdraw from the range of the Japanese guns, Roberts‘ boat was hit and he was mortally wounded. For his valor and courage in the face of enemy fire Coxswain Samuel Booker Roberts was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

    USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) is the third ship named in his honor, as were DE 413 (April 1944 - October 1944) and DD 823 (1946 - 1970).

    (U.S. Navy photo a pencil drawing from the National Archives)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Samuel B. Roberts 242k 04 February 1986: Bath, Me. - A port bow view of the guided missile frigate Samuel B. Roberts as it departs Bath, Me. on sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00167 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the Defense Visual Information Center)
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    Samuel B. Roberts 268k 04 February 1986: Kennebec River, Me. - A port bow view of Samuel B. Roberts as it heads down the icy Kennebec River to sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00173 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 251k 04 February 1986: Kennebec River, Me. - A port bow view of Samuel B. Roberts as it passes an old coastal fort during sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00174 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 305k 04 February 1986: the Atlantic Ocean - A port bow view of Samuel B. Roberts underway during sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00164 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 313k 04 February 1986: the Atlantic Ocean - An elevated starboard bow view of Samuel B. Roberts underway during sea trials prior to its commissioning.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-04991 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 190k 04 February 1986: the Atlantic Ocean - A starboard bow view of Samuel B. Roberts during sea trials.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-00170 by Bath Iron Works, Inc. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 161k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - A U.S. Marine Corps color guard display the colors during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-06792 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 137k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - Guests wait for the commissioning of the guided missile frigate Samuel B. Roberts to begin.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-06793 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 128k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - Crew members march in formation during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-06796 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 72k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - Commander Paul X. Rinn, first commanding officer, speaks during the commissioning of the guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58).
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-06807 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 281k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - Photo montage of USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) crewmembers in attendance at the commissioning of the next Samuel B. Roberts.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-05740, DN-ST-86-06798, DN-ST-86-06799, DN-ST-86-06800 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. and PH2 K. Tharpe from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 134k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - Crew members run to man the ship during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-05736 by PH2 K. Tharpe from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 106k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - Crew members board Samuel B. Roberts during the ship's commissioning.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-06822 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 99k 12 April 1986: Bath, Me. - Crew members raise their hats in a salute while manning the rails during the commissioning ceremony.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-06821 by PH2 Alexander C. Hicks, Jr. from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 254k 15 April 1988: The Persian Gulf - A port bow view of Samuel B. Roberts being towed after the ship struck a mine on 14 April 1988.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-01434 by PH2 Rudy D. Pahoyo from the DVIC)

    *** Feature Page for Samuel B. Roberts’ Repair and Return Home After Being Mined on 14 April 1988 ***

    Fred Weiss
    Samuel B. Roberts 82k 19 January 1989: Samuel B. Roberts shown being carried by the Dutch heavy lift ship Mighty Servant II after striking a mine in the Persian Gulf. John La Sala
    Samuel B. Roberts 149k 28 March 1991: Newport, R.I. - The crew of Samuel B. Roberts mans the rails as the ship returns to Newport following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08769 by PH2 Dolores L. Anglin from the DVIC)
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    Samuel B. Roberts 235k 20 August 1995: Chesapeake Bay, Va. - A port side view of Samuel B. Roberts crossing the Thimble Shoals while en route to Norfolk Naval Base after putting to sea for five days to avoid the effects of Hurricane Felix.
    (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-95-02269 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 64k July 1996: Photo of Samuel B. Roberts I took from the flight deck of USS George Washington (CVN73). We were on our way home from a deployment. (photo © Wendell McLaughlin) Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.
    Samuel B. Roberts 199k June 1999: Norfolk, Va. - Photo of Samuel B. Roberts I took while she was berthed downtown at Nauticus. Chris Horne
    Samuel B. Roberts 215k 25 April 2002: At sea - The U.S. Navy guided missile frigate Samuel B. Roberts and nuclear powered Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Baltimore (SSN 704) (top) pull alongside the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a battle group formation exercise, 17 July 1996. The George Washington battle group will be returning to homeport, July 23rd after completing a scheduled six-month deployment to the Mediterranean, which included sustained operations in support of NATO-led peacekeeping in Bosnia and UN sanctions against Iraq in the Arabian Gulf.
    (U.S. Navy photo #960717-N-9975P-002 by PH1 Greg Pinkley from the Navy News Stand)
    Fred Weiss
    Samuel B. Roberts 181k 25 April 2002: Souda Bay, Crete - Samuel B. Roberts arrives in Souda Bay, Crete, for a scheduled port visit. Roberts is assigned to NATO's Standing Naval Force Mediterranean and is currently deployed in support of Operation Active Endeavor. Task Force Active Endeavor will maintain an active presence in the operational area of the Mediterranean east of Sicily as a demonstration of the solidarity and resolve of NATO in the war against terrorism.
    (U.S. Navy photo #020425-N-0780F-001 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Bill Gonyo
    Samuel B. Roberts 495k 11 July 2005: Pacific Ocean - The guided missile frigate Samuel B. Roberts underway along side the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCG Forward (WMEC-911) in the Pacific Ocean. Samuel B. Roberts and Forward are part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase off the coasts of Colombia. The Colombian Navy in this year’s UNITAS Pacific Phase hosts Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the United States. During the two-week exercise, participating units have the opportunity to train as unified force in all aspects of naval operations, from maritime interdiction to anti-submarine and electronic warfare. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors UNITAS exercises with the objective to foster cooperation and develop interoperability among the navies of the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050711-N-4374S-002 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
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    Samuel B. Roberts 469k 16 July 2005: Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Panama - Samuel B. Roberts approaches the Panama Canal to transit from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea while conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase. Roberts is part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase off the coasts of Colombia. The Colombian Navy in this year’s UNITAS Pacific Phase hosts Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the United States. During the two-week exercise, participating units have the opportunity to train as unified force in all aspects of naval operations, from maritime interdiction to anti-submarine and electronic warfare. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors UNITAS exercises with the objective to foster cooperation and develop interoperability among the navies of the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050716-N-4374S-001 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 409k 19 July 2005: Caribbean Sea - Samuel B. Roberts maneuvers into a formation along with naval and coast guard units from Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Panama during UNITAS 46-05 prior to a live-fire exercise. Samuel B. Roberts is part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase. The Colombian Navy in this year's UNITAS Pacific Phase hosts Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the United States. During the two-week exercise, participating units have the opportunity to train as unified force in all aspects of naval operations, from maritime interdiction to anti-submarine and electronic warfare. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors UNITAS exercises with the objective to foster cooperation and develop interoperability among the navies of the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050719-N-4374S-002 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 235k 19 July 2005: Caribbean Sea - Samuel B. Roberts maneuvers into a formation along with naval and coast guard units from Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Panama during UNITAS 46-05 prior to a live-fire exercise. Roberts is part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase. The Colombian Navy in this year's UNITAS Pacific Phase hosts Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the United States. During the two-week exercise, participating units have the opportunity to train as unified force in all aspects of naval operations, from maritime interdiction to anti-submarine and electronic warfare. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors UNITAS exercises with the objective to foster cooperation and develop interoperability among the navies of the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050719-N-4374S-001 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 101k 19 July 2005: Caribbean Sea - A BQM-74E aerial target drone launches from the flight deck of Samuel B. Roberts. The BQM-74E provides dynamic airborne threat simulation and supports the Fleet worldwide. Samuel B. Roberts is part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase. The Colombian Navy in this year's UNITAS Pacific Phase hosts Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the United States. During the two-week exercise, participating units have the opportunity to train as unified force in all aspects of naval operations, from maritime interdiction to anti-submarine and electronic warfare. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors UNITAS exercises with the objective to foster cooperation and develop interoperability among the navies of the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050719-N-1159B-048 by JO1 Brian Aho, from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 182k 19 July 2005: Caribbean Sea - A BQM-74E aerial target drone launches from the flight deck of the Samuel B. Roberts. The BQM-74E provides dynamic airborne threat simulation and supports the Fleet worldwide. Samuel B. Roberts is part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase. The Colombian Navy in this year's UNITAS Pacific Phase hosts Ecuador, Panama, Peru and the United States. During the two-week exercise, participating units have the opportunity to train as unified force in all aspects of naval operations, from maritime interdiction to anti-submarine and electronic warfare. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command sponsors UNITAS exercises with the objective to foster cooperation and develop interoperability among the navies of the region.
    (U.S. Navy photo #050719-N-4374S-003 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 204k 21 October 2005: Atlantic Ocean - Samuel B. Roberts, leading front of a formation, executes a divisional tactical maneuver with the naval forces from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Uruguay during UNITAS 47-06 Atlantic Phase. UNITAS is the largest multi-national naval exercise conducted with naval forces from the U.S., the Caribbean Sea, and South and Central America. The exercises focus on building multinational coalitions, while promoting hemispheric defense and mutual cooperation.
    (U.S. Navy photo #051021-N-4374S-007 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 341k 21 October 2005: Atlantic Ocean - Samuel B. Roberts executes a divisional tactical maneuver with the naval forces from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, and Uruguay during UNITAS 47-06 Atlantic Phase. UNITAS is the largest multi-national naval exercise conducted with naval forces from the U.S., the Caribbean Sea, and South and Central America. The exercises focus on building multinational coalitions, while promoting hemispheric defense and mutual cooperation.
    (U.S. Navy photo #051021-N-4374S-008 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 448k 21 October 2005: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Samuel B. Roberts transits through the waters of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during UNITAS 47-06 Atlantic Phase. Naval forces from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Uruguay and the United States are participating in UNITAS 47-06 Atlantic phase. This is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies by enhancing interoperability in naval operations among the nations of the Western Hemisphere.
    (U.S. Navy photo #051021-N-4374S-002 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 174k 22 October 2005: Atlantic Ocean - Spanish sailors assigned to the oiler SPS Marques De La Ensenada (A 11) perform a replenishment at sea with Samuel B. Roberts off the coast of Brazil. Naval forces from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Uruguay and the United States are participating in UNITAS 47-06 Atlantic phase. This is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies by enhancing interoperability in naval operations among the nations of the Western Hemisphere.
    (U.S. Navy photo #051022-N-4374S-011 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 203k 25 October 2005: Atlantic Ocean - A Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure team from Samuel B. Roberts departs for Maritime Interdiction Operation training with the Uruguayan frigate ROU General Artigas (ROU 2) off the coast of Brazil. Naval forces from Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Uruguay and the United States are participating in UNITAS 47-06 Atlantic phase. This is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise that enhances friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies by enhancing interoperability in naval operations among the nations of the Western Hemisphere.
    (U.S. Navy photo #051025-N-4374S-003 by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 235k 13 February 2006: Mayport, Fla. - I took this picture while stationed on USS DeWert. If you look closely, you can make out her hull number. Timothy Vogt
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    Samuel B. Roberts 360k 09 April 2007: Caribbean Sea - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate Samuel B. Roberts sails in the Caribbean during a PHOTOEX. Roberts joined the Standing NATO Maritime Group One for the day to work on training exercises and a PHOTOEX.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070409-N-5459S-445 by MCSN Vincent J. Street from the Navy News Stand)
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    Samuel B. Roberts 464k 09 April 2007: Caribbean Sea - Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate Samuel B. Roberts navigates in the Caribbean Sea during an exercise. Samuel B. Roberts operating together with Chilean Ship CS Almirante Latorre (FFG-14) as part of Partnership of Americas 2007. POA focuses on enhancing relationships with partner nations through a variety of exercises and events at sea and ashore throughout South America and the Caribbean.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070409-N-5459S-109 by MCSN Vincent J. Street from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 213k 09 April 2007: The Caribbean Sea - From right to left, RFA Wave Ruler (A390), USS Mahan (DDG 72), CS Almirante Latorre (FFG 14), FGS Sachsen (F 219), and USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) navigate together in formation during an exercise. Samuel B. Roberts and Almirante Latorre are operating together as part of Partnership of Americas (POA) 2007. POA focuses on enhancing relationships with partner nations through a variety of exercises and events at sea and ashore throughout South America and the Caribbean.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070409-N-5459S-082 by MCSN Vincent J. Street from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 401k 21 April 2007: The Atlantiic Ocean - Task Group 40 conducts passing exercises during the Partnership of the Americas deployment with Spanish frigate Santa Maria (F 81). Task Group 40 is composed of dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) and Chilean frigate Almirante Latorre (FFG 14). Partnership of the Americas supports the U.S. Navys concept of a 1,000 ship Navy, which brings together maritime services to work toward common objectives of security and interoperability.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070421-N-4021H-397 by MCSN Damien Horvath from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 101k 02 May 2007: Puerto Belgrano, Argentina - Samuel B. Roberts is moored behind the Argentine ARA Patagonia during exercise UNITAS in Puerto Belgrano, Argentina. The exercise includes participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain and the U.S. and is a combined annual exercise that enables the assembled forces to organize and conduct combined naval operations in a multinational task force and test its responsiveness to a variety of maritime scenarios.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070502-N-8861F-001 by MC2 (SW) Lenny M. Francioni from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 112k 02 September 2007: Caribbean Sea - Samuel B. Roberts patrols the waters off the coast of Panama during PANAMAX 2007. Civil and military forces from 19 countries are participating in PANAMAX 2007, a U.S. Southern Command joint and multi-national training exercise co-sponsored with the government of Panama, in the waters off the coasts of Panama and Honduras.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070902-N-1810F-324 by MC2 Todd Frantom from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 95k 02 September 2007: Caribbean Sea - Guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) patrols the waters off the coast of Panama during PANAMAX 2007. Civil and military forces from 19 countries are participating in PANAMAX 2007, a U.S. Southern Command joint and multi-national training exercise co-sponsored with the government of Panama, in the waters off the coasts of Panama and Honduras.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070902-N-1810F-002 by MC2 Todd Frantom from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 152k 26 September 2007: Mayport, Fla. - Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxon Deville salutes sailors aboard guided-missile frigate Samuel B. Roberts as the ship returns to Naval Station Mayport. Roberts deployed in support of Partnership of Americas, which took the ship as far as the southernmost part of South America as the ships participated in numerous multi-national exercises.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070926-N-1522S-005 by MC2 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 214k 26 September 2007: Mayport, Fla. - More than 200 Sailors aboard Samuel B. Roberts return to their homeport of Naval Station Mayport. Roberts deployed in support of Partnership of Americas, which took the ship as far as the southernmost part of South America as the ships participated in numerous multi-national exercises.
    (U.S. Navy photo #070926-N-1522S-003 by MC2 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 246k 01 February 2008: New Orleans, La. - The Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) is assisted by two tug boats as the ship docks at the Governor Nichols Wharf. Roberts is in New Orleans for a five-day port call.
    (U.S. Navy photo #080201-N-0857S-001 by Sam Shore from the Navy Newstand)
    Robert M. Cieri
    Samuel B. Roberts 292k 01 February 2008: New Orleans, La. - Musician 3rd Class Jay Gillespie, assigned to the Navy Band New Orleans, plays his saxophone as the Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG58) docks at the Governor Nichols Wharf. Roberts is in New Orleans for a five-day port call.
    (U.S. Navy photo #080201-N-0857S-002 by Sam Shore from the Navy Newstand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 294k 12 December 2008: Mayport, Fla. - Drugs seized by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard are on the fantail of the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts before being offloaded by law enforcement officials. More than 13 metric tons of drugs worth more than $220 million were interdicted by several different units and collected onboard the ship for transport back to the United States. Samuel B. Roberts and embarked Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light 60 (HSL-60) Detachment 2 are deployed under operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet based in Mayport, Fla. conducting counter illicit trafficking operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus.
    (U.S. Navy photo #081212-N-1522S-002 by MC1 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
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    Samuel B. Roberts 252k 12 December 2008: Mayport, Fla. - Drugs seized by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard are in the hanger bay of the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) before being offloaded by law enforcement officials. More than 13 metric tons of drugs worth more than $220 million were interdicted by several different units and collected onboard the ship for transport back to the United States. Samuel B. Roberts and embarked Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light 60 (HSL-60) Detachment 2 are deployed under operational control of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet based in Mayport, Fla. conducting counter illicit trafficking operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South in the U.S. Southern Command area of focus.
    (U.S. Navy photo #081212-N-1522S-006 by MC1 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 233k 18 January 2010: Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) prepares to moor for a port visit at Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) West. While in port, Samuel B. Roberts will provide training exercises and community relations projects. APS is an international initiative developed by Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa to improve maritime safety and security with African partner countries.
    (U.S. Navy photo #100118-N-2468S-001 by MC1 Terry Spain from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 99k 22 June 2011: Punta Delgada, Azore Islands - Samuel B. Roberts shown while on a port visit to the Azore Islands. (Photo by Carlos Manuel Estrela) Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Samuel B. Roberts 279k 19 July 2011: Mombasa, Kenya - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives in Mombasa to take part in a training hub as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2011. APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
    (U.S. Navy photo #110719-N-OV802-083 by MC2 William Jamieson from the Navy News Stand)
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    Samuel B. Roberts 330k 01 August 2011: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) prepares to go pierside at Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania as part of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) East Tanzania Hub. APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
    (U.S. Navy photo #110801-N-JL721-042 by Lcdr. Suzanna Brugler from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 216k 26 August 2011: Maputo, Mozambique - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives in Maputo, Mozambique. Roberts is on a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #110826-N-JL721-137 by Lcdr. Suzanna Brugler from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 313k 05 September 2011: Port Louis, Mauritius - Members of the Mauritian Police Force Band prepare to perform as the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius, for an 8-day Africa Partnership Station East port visit. Africa Partnership Station is an international security cooperation initiative intended to strengthen global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
    (U.S. Navy photo #110905-N-IZ292-112 by MC2 Felicito Rustique from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 162k 05 September 2011: Port Louis, Mauritius - A member of the Mauritian Police Force Band plays the clarinet as the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius for an 8-day Africa Partnership Station East port visit.
    (U.S. Navy photo #10905-N-IZ292-190 by MC2 Felicito Rustique from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 379k 05 September 2011: Port Louis, Mauritius - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius for an 8-day Africa Partnership Station East port visit. Africa Partnership Station is an international security cooperation initiative intended to strengthen global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.
    (U.S. Navy photo #10905-N-IZ292-115 by MC2 Felicito Rustique from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 261k 24 October 2011: Mombasa, Kenya - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives at the Mombasa Port Authority to embark exercise participants from South Africa and Uganda for exercise Cutlass Express. Cutlass Express is a maritime domain awareness exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command. The exercise focuses on addressing piracy through information sharing and coordinated operations among international navies.
    (U.S. Navy photo #111024-N-JL721-121 by Lcdr. Suzanna Brugler from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 449k 23 November 2011: Souda Bay, Greece - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives for a routine port visit to Crete. Samuel B. Roberts is operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    (U.S. Navy photo #111123-N-MO201-046 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 223k 23 November 2011: Souda Bay, Greece - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts arrives for a routine port visit to Crete.
    (U.S. Navy photo #111123-N-MO201-057 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 577k 14 December 2011: Mayport, Fla. - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) pulls into Naval Station Mayport after successfully completing a six-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean. Samuel B. Roberts participated in several joint military exercises with African navies and conducted anti-piracy operations.
    (U.S. Navy photo #111214-N-AW702-002 by MC2 Jacob Sippel from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 256k 14 December 2011: Mayport, Fla. - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) pulls into Naval Station Mayport after a successful six-month deployment supporting operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Horn of Africa and Indian Ocean. Samuel B. Roberts participated in several joint military exercises with African navies and conducted anti-piracy operations.
    (U.S. Navy photo #111214-N-TC587-001 by MCSA Damian Berg from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 704k 21 January 2012: The Atlantic Ocean - The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) are underway with the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65). The Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX).
    (U.S. Navy photo #120121-N-FI736-205 by MC3 Scott Pittman from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 690k 10 May 2013: Souda Bay, Greece - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives for a port visit. Samuel B. Roberts, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
    (U.S. Navy photo #130510-N-MO201-049 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 378k 10 May 2013: Souda Bay, Greece - A messenger line is heaved ashore as the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives for a port visit.
    (U.S. Navy photo #130510-N-MO201-065 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 452k 24 July 2013: Souda Bay, Greece - The guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives for a scheduled port visit. Samuel B. Roberts, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
    (U.S. Navy photo #130724-N-MO201-024 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 416k 19 August 2013: Souda Bay, Greece - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives for a port visit. Samuel B. Roberts, homeported in Mayport, Fla., is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
    (U.S. Navy photo #130819-N-MO201-033 by Paul Farley from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 487k 23 October 2013: Mayport, Fla. - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) returns to homeport at Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment to the central Mediterranean Sea and U.S. Africa Command.
    (U.S. Navy photo #131023-N-IC228-001 by Cmdr. Corey Barker from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 427k 21 January 2014: The Atlantic Ocean - The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) conducts an emergency towing with the Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). New York is underway conducting routine training exercises.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140121-N-GC472-108 by MC3 Angus Beckles from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 582k 19 March 2014: The Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) transits the Atlantic Ocean in support of exercise Joint Warrior 14-1. Joint Warrior 14-1 is a semiannual, United Kingdom-led training exercise.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140319-N-WX580-157 by MC3 Lacordrick Wilson from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 823k 19 March 2014: The Atlantic Ocean - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) transits the Atlantic Ocean in support of exercise Joint Warrior 14-1. Joint Warrior 14-1 is a semiannual, United Kingdom-led training exercise.
    (U.S. Navy photo #140319-N-WX580-205 by MC3 Lacordrick Wilson from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 522k 15 December 2014: Mayport, Fla. - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives at Naval Station Mayport after completing a six-month deployment in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. The crew of Samuel B. Roberts conducted theater security operations and provided deterrence, promoted peace and security, and preserved freedom of the seas.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141215-N-OS575-019 by MC2 Sean P. La Marr from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 259k 15 December 2014: Mayport, Fla. - The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives at Naval Station Mayport after completing a six-month deployment in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. The crew of Samuel B. Roberts conducted theater security operations and provided deterrence, protected peace and security, and preserved freedom of the seas.
    (U.S. Navy photo #141215-N-BB308-054 by MC1 Michael Wiss from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 393k 22 May 2015: Mayport, Fla. - Commander Erica Hoffmann, the final commanding officer of USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), enters the decommissioning ceremony of Samuel B. Roberts at Naval Station Mayport. Samuel B. Roberts was commissioned in April 1986, its decommissioning marks 29 years of service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150522-N-RX128-023 by MCSN Nathan Lang from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 257k 22 May 2015: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors from the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts lower the ensign for the last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport. Samuel B. Roberts is decommissioning after 29 years of service.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150522-N-RX128-111 by MCSN Nathan Lang from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 841k 22 May 2015: Mayport, Fla. - Sailors from the guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts depart the ship for the last time during a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport.
    (U.S. Navy photo #150522-N-RX128-090 by MCSN Nathan Lang from the Navy News Stand)

    Samuel B. Roberts Memorabilia
    Commissioning
    Booklet Cover
    Samuel B. Roberts
    Courtesy of
    Robert M. Cieri
    Ship's
    Plaque
    Samuel B. Roberts
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Belt
    Buckle
    Samuel B. Roberts
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Mediterranean
    Cruise Patch
    Samuel B. Roberts
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Decommissioning
    Invitation
    Samuel B. Roberts
    Courtesy of
    Ron Reeves
    Decommissioning
    Program
    Samuel B. Roberts
    Courtesy of
    Ron Reeves

    Samuel B. Roberts' History
    View the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Navsource Supplemental Photo History Page: Samuel B. Roberts Return and Homecoming After Being Mined, April 1988
    Military Times Feature Article of 15 May 2015: Saving Sammy B: A Frigate's Heroic Legacy

    Samuel B. Roberts' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  12 Apr. 1986 - 20 Jun. 1988Cmdr. Paul Xavier Rinn (OCS '68) (Bronx, N.Y.)
    2.)  20 Jun. 1988 - 30 Aug. 1991Cmdr. John Willie Townes III (USNA '72) (Pensacola, Fla.) (ret. as Radm.)
    3.)  30 Aug. 1991 - 04 Jun. 1993Cmdr. Joseph Ambrose Sestak, Jr. (USNA '74) (Springfield, Pa.) (ret. as Vadm.)
    4.)  04 Jun. 1993 - 17 Mar. 1995Cmdr. John A. Schaefer
    5.)  17 Mar. 1995 - 16 Dec. 1996 Cmdr. Louis James Geanuleas (USNA '77) (Kingston, N.Y.)
    6.)  16 Dec. 1996 - 10 Aug. 1998Cmdr. Christopher Mark Wode (USNA '78) (Charleston, W.V.)
    7.)  10 Aug. 1998 - 24 Feb. 2000Cmdr. Michael Dale Davis (USNA '79) (Gary, In.)
    8.)  24 Feb. 2000 - 16 Dec. 2001Cmdr. David A. LaBarbera (prior enl.) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
    9.)  16 Dec. 2001 - 14 Jul. 2003Cmdr. Randall C. Snyder, USNR
    10.) 14 Jul. 2003 - 27 Feb. 2004Cmdr. Michael Anthony Hall*
    11.) 27 Feb. 2004 - 09 Dec. 2005Cmdr. Bernard Mark Gately, Jr. (Gladstone. Mo.)
    12.) 09 Dec. 2005 - 22 Jun. 2007 Cmdr. John Marc Weeks (OCS '87) (Caribou, Me.)
    13.) 22 Jun. 2007 - 02 Dec. 2008Cmdr. Wallace George (Wally) Lovely (prior enl. / NECP '89) (Comstock, N.Y.)
    14.) 02 Dec. 2008 - 23 Jul. 2010Cmdr. Charles L. (Chuck) Sellers (NROTC '90) (Martinsville, Va.)
    15.) 23 Jul. 2010 - 19 Jan. 2012Cmdr. Angel Carlos Cruz (OCS '90) (Miami, Fla.)
    16.) 19 Jan. 2012 - 24 Jul. 2013Cmdr. Robert Rambo Williams (Columbia, S.C.)
    17.) 24 Jul. 2013 - 22 May 2015Cmdr. Erica Lynn Hoffman (USNA '96) (Syracuse, N.Y.)

    * Relieved, loss of confidence (left ship on overnight liberty against policy while on a port visit to Ecuador)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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