USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)

USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) The USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS is the fifty-first Perry Class guided missile frigate and was commissioned on April 12, 1986 in Bath, Maine. Copeland. ROBERTS (FFG-58).

This proud ship is the third to be named for Samuel Booker Roberts, a young Coxswain who earned the Navy Cross for heroic action in the battle of Guadalcanal. The first ship to bear the name “Sammy B” was the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE-413) commanded by LCDR Robert W. (DE-413) was in the Battle off Samar on October 25, 1944 where she was sunk after daringly engaging a superior Japanese Cruiser. LCD

R Copeland concluded in his report of the Battle of Samar, with these words; "In the face of this knowledge, the men zealously manned their stations wherever they might be, and fought and worked with such calmness, courage, and efficiency that NO HIGHER HONOR could be conceived than to command such a group of men." The second USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DD-823) was commissioned December 26, 1946. During (DD-823)'s twenty-four years of commissioned service, she was attached to Middle East Force, the 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th Fleets, earning a multitude of Expeditionary Awards and two Battle Stars for Vietnam service

The third to bear the honored name "Sammy B" is the USS SAMUEL B. Only two years after commissioning she was struck by an underwater mine while escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf. Directed to abandon ship, the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Paul X. Rinn refused and the crew fought on, emerging victorious. We honor those who have sailed before us and we dedicate this page to all past, present and future “Sammy B” Sailors.

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