Launched in December 1984, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), a Perry-class guided missile frigate, was ready for sea trials in early 1986. The frigate got underway from the Bath Iron Works shipyard on 4 February 1986, only the second time the ship had left the yard.
Sea trials were conducted over the next few days under the careful eye of Vice Adm. (ret.) John D. Bulkeley, head of the Navy’s Board of Inspection. The results were exceptional: the report from the crusty old admiral called FFG 58 “one of the cleanest [of its class] that the Board has seen.”
U.S. NAVY PHOTOS BY BATH IRON WORKS
Roberts passes old Fort Popham near the Kennebec’s mouth.
Roberts tries out its gas turbine engines in the Atlantic.
Roberts’ port quarter view.
Late afternoon on the Roberts’ first day of sea trials.