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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
  • presently: serving as a unit of Destroyer Squadron 14 at Mayport, Fla.
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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 Bellatrixís 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, RobertsĎ 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 4 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) Navsource
    Samuel B. Roberts 268k 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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. Robertsí 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) Navsource
    Samuel B. Roberts 166k 28 March 1991: Newport, R.I. - Members of a local girl scout troop hold a banner welcoming the crew of Samuel B. Roberts upon the vessel's return from deployment in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-91-08049 by PH1 Bob Shanks from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 114k 28 March 1991: Newport, R.I. - A sailor from Samuel B. Roberts embraces his wife as television cameras record their reunion. Samuel B. Roberts has returned 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-91-08768 by PH2 Dolores L. Anglin from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 221k 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 132k 18 August 2000: Norfolk, Va. - Crewmembers of Samuel B. Roberts wait anxiously to greet loved ones who are gathered on pier 25, at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-03-1116 (6000818-N-0872M-505) by PH1 Martin Maddock from the DVIC) Navsource
    Samuel B. Roberts 81k 18 August 2000: Norfolk, Va. - Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Tony Cunningham from Hampton, Virginia, assigned to Samuel B. Roberts gets a welcome home kiss from young son, Desmond. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-03-11118 (000818-N-0872M-507) by PH1 Martin Maddock from the DVIC)
    Samuel B. Roberts 205k 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 182k 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 203k 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 yearís 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-002by PH2 Michael Sandberg from the Navy News Stand Navsource
    Samuel B. Roberts 202k 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 yearís 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 205k 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 184k 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 89k 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 164k 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 173k 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 152k 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 190k 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 202k 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. QM2(SW) Timothy Vogt
    Samuel B. Roberts 200k 9 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) Navsource
    Samuel B. Roberts 229k 9 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 101k 2 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 92k 2 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 125k 9 September 2007: Baltimore, Md. - Fire Controlman 1st Class John Michael Broughton shakes hands with Boston Red Socks pitcher Curt Schilling before an Orioles-Red Sox game at Camden Yards. In recognition of Patriot Day, United Services Automobile Association staged a surprise reunion of Broughton with his wife and stepdaughter at the game. Broughton is assigned to the guided-missile frigate Samuel B. Roberts. (U.S. Navy photo #070909-N-5319A-010 by MC1 Brian Aho from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 149k 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 195k 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 98k 26 September 2007: Mayport, Fla. - Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Dereck Staincliffe embraces his daughter for the first time at the homecoming ceremony for Samuel B. Roberts. 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-012 by MC2 Leah Stiles from the Navy News Stand)
    Samuel B. Roberts 135k 1 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 139k 1 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 246k 14 June 2009: Charlestown, Mass. - Sailors from the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) march in the Bunker Hill Day parade. The Battle of Bunker Hill, fought June 17, 1775, was one of the first major engagements of the Revolutionary War. Colonial forces inflicted 1,054 casualties on the British, the highest suffered by the British in any single encounter during the entire war. The Colonial forces suffered 450 casualties. most suffered during an orderly retreat to fortified positions in nearby Cambridge. (U.S. Navy photo #090614-N-1928O-056 by MC1 Mark O'Donald, from the Navy News Stand) Navsource
    Samuel B. Roberts 166k 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 Memorabilia
    Commissioning Ceremony
    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

    USS Samuel B. Roberts FFG 58 History
    Note: History is unavailable at this time
    This class of ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

    Supplemental History Page: Samuel B. Roberts Return and Homecoming After Being Mined, April 1988

    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 (Bronx, N.Y.)
    2.)  20 Jun. 1988 - 30 Aug. 1991Cmdr. John Willie Townes III (retired as Radm.)
    3.)  30 Aug. 1991 - 04 Jun. 1993Cmdr. Joseph Ambrose Sestak, Jr. (retired as Vadm.)
    4.)  04 Jun. 1993 - 17 Mar. 1995Cmdr. John A. Schaefer
    5.)  17 Mar. 1995 - 16 Dec. 1996 Cmdr. Louis James Geanuleas
    6.)  16 Dec. 1996 - 10 Aug. 1998Cmdr. Christopher Mark Wode
    7.)  10 Aug. 1998 - 24 Feb. 2000Cmdr. Michael Dale Davis
    8.)  24 Feb. 2000 - 16 Dec. 2001Cmdr. David A. LaBarbera
    9.)  16 Dec. 2001 - 14 Jul. 2003Cmdr. Randall C. Snyder
    10.) 14 Jul. 2003 - 27 Feb. 2004Cmdr. Michael Anthony Hall *
    11.) 27 Feb. 2004 - 09 Dec. 2005Cmdr. Bernard Mark Gately, Jr.
    12.) 09 Dec. 2005 - 22 Jun. 2007 Cmdr. John Marc Weeks
    13.) 22 Jun. 2007 - 02 Dec. 2008Cmdr. Wallace George (Wally) Lovely
    14.) 02 Dec. 2008 - 23 Jul. 2010Cmdr. Charles L. (Chuck) Sellers
    15.) 23 Jul. 2010 - 19 Jan. 2012Cmdr. Angel C. Cruz
    16.) 19 Jan. 2012 - 24 Jul. 2013Cmdr. Robert Rambo Williams (Columbia, S.C.)
    17.) 24 Jul. 2013 - Cmdr. Erica Lynn Hoffman (Syracuse, N.Y.)

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