USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58)

Roberts heeling during a high-speed turn. Note the NATO emblem just below and aft of her bridge. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Type
Laid Down
1984
Launched
1984
Commissioned
1986
Decommissioned
2015
AD/BC
AD
History

The third ship to bear the name, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) was commissioned in 1986, one of the final four Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. She hit an Iranian mine in the Persian Gulf on 14 April, 1988, triggering the Operation Preying Mantis retaliatory strikes. Despite her turbines being dislodged and her keel being broken, Roberts was saved from sinking by her crew, and subsequently repaired and put back into service. Not only were her repairs three weeks faster than expected, they even came in under budget. Roberts returned to the Gulf, participating in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm from 1990-91. In 1993, Roberts won the Battenburg Cup as the Atlantic Fleet's best surface combatant. Roberts was decommissioned on 22 May, 2015, and listed for scrapping.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Roberts was sponsored by the wife of one of the crew of the original USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), of Leyte Gulf fame.