The book No Higher Honor features 20 photos of the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) and its crew. Click the thumbnails to see many more photos of the ship and related topics.
27 September 1942: Samuel Booker Roberts Jr., a Navy coxswain, is mortally wounded while helping to rescue Marines on Guadalcanal.
28 April 1944: First USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) commissioned.
25 October 1944: DE 413 helps turn back the Japanese Center Force off the Philippine island of Samar, saving a U.S. invasion fleet. Roberts sinks after taking heavy shellfire.
1946-70: U.S. Navy operates second USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD 823).
25 September 1976: Bath Iron Works launches USS Oliver Hazard Perry (FFG 7), the first of Adm. Elmo Zumwalt’s new class of escort warships.
22 September 1980: Iraq invades Iran, touching off a grinding war that would see combat on land and at sea.
8 December 1984: BIW launches third USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58). The ship is Bath’s penultimate Perry-class vessel.
4 February 1986: USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) gets underway at BIW for sea trials.
12 April 1986: Roberts commissioned, Cmdr. Paul X. Rinn commanding.
7 March 1987: The United States agrees to protect 11 Kuwaiti tankers in the Persian Gulf, launching Operation Earnest Will.
17 May 1987:
24 July 1987: Tanker Bridgeton strikes a mine during the first Earnest Will convoy.
21 September 1987: U.S. forces catch Iranian ship Iran Ajr laying mines.
14 February 1988: Roberts arrives in Persian Gulf for nearly four months of convoys and other operations.
March 1988: Roberts patrols in northern Gulf, guarding U.S. special operations barges as part of Operation Prime Chance.
10 April 1988: Roberts sweeps its squadron’s Battle E awards, marking it as the best ship in the group.
14 April 1988: Roberts strikes Iranian mine in central Gulf. Crew fight fire and flooding into the night.
18 April 1988: In retaliation, U.S. naval forces sink or heavily damage five Iranian warships and smaller vessels in Operation Praying Mantis, the largest surface battle since World War II.
27 June 1988: Roberts loaded on Mighty Servant II, a 25,743-ton semi-submersible cargo vessel the Navy chartered from a Dutch salvage firm for $1.3 million.
6 October 1988: Roberts enters Bath Iron Works’ drydock in Portland, Maine, for repairs.