USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS FFG 58
FFG 58 is the third ship of the U.S. Navy to bear the name of Samuel B. Roberts and the second ship of that class heavily damaged while in action in the Arabian Gulf, off the coast of Qatar, April 14, 1988. The frigate was repaired at Bath Iron Works in Maine and the repairs took at least one year. Three days after the mine blast, forces of the Joint Task Force Middle East executed the American response - Operation Praying Manits. During a two-day period, the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force units of Joint Task Force Middle East destroyed two oil platforms being used by Iran to coordinate attacks on merchant shipping, sank or destroyed three Iranian warships and neutralized at least six Iranian speedboats.
July 5, 2002 USS Samuel B. Roberts, commanded by Cmdr. Randy Snyder, returned to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after a nearly six-month deployment.
September 25, 2003 FFG 58, commanded by Cmdr. Michael A. Hall, departed Mayport for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces southern Command area of responsibility in support of counter-drug operations.
March 19, 2004 USS Samuel B. Roberts returned to Mayport after completing a six-month deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces southern Command AoR. Interdicting 10.7 metric tons of cocaine and detaining 29 suspected drug traffickers, the guided missile frigate carried out the most seizures by any Navy ship during a single deployment: five.
August 1, 2005 UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase wrapped up July 24 in Cartagena, Colombia, after two weeks of training and maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. USS Samuel B. roberts (FFG 58) and USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51) were part of a multinational naval and coast guard force from six nations conducting UNITAS 46-05 Pacific Phase.
October 21, USS Samuel B. Roberts pulled into 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.
December 1, While patrolling in the central Caribbean Sea, the Samuel B. Roberts, with an embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), intercepted a speedboat suspected of carrying illegal contraband. Found on board and transferred to FFG 58 were 65 bales of suspected cocaine. Four crewmen were taken in to custody.
October 24, 2006 The guided-missile frigate is currently off the coast of Scotland participating in Neptune Warrior, a joint military training course organized by the Joint Maritime Operational Training Staff (JMOTS) Northwood in the United Kingdom. FFG 58 departed homeport Oct. 6.
April 3, 2007 USS Samuel B. Roberts arrived in the Fort de France, Martinique, for the first port visit of the ship's Partnership of the Americas (POA) 2007 deployment to South America.
April 18, FFG 58 pulled into Salvador, Brazil, for a scheduled port call.
April 26, U.S. Navy Task Group 40.0 arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for a scheduled port call. After the completion of the port visit Sailors and Marines will begin working with the Argentina Navy, conducting anti-surface/air-training exercises, electronic warfare training, formation steaming and other evolutions.
May 2, The guided-missile frigate pulled into Puerto Belgrano, Argentina, for a port visit.
May 31, USS Samuel B. Roberts departed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after a four-day port call.
August 30, FFG 58 is currently in port visit to Panama to participate in PANAMAX 2007.
September 9, USS Samuel B. Roberts took over the delivery mission of relief suplies to Honduras, in areas affected by Hurricane Felix Sept. 4., with its embarked SH-60B helicopters from HSL-48 Det. 7. On its first day of the relief effort, the helicopters flew 11 missions, and filled and delivered nearly 1,000 bottles of water to the hardest-hit areas. The frigate departed the Area Sept. 13 after the final U.S. military team from Joint Task Force-Bravo began arriving. Through that day the ship's two SH-60 Seahawks helicopters flew 41 sorties, transporting 45,000 pounds of aid and evacuating 24 people.
September 26, USS Samuel B. Roberts, commanded by Cmdr. Wally Lovely, returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment in support of Partnership of the Americas 2007.
February 1, 2008 FFG 58 pulled into New Orleans for a five-day port visit.
November 26, USS Samuel B. Roberts recently arrived off the coast of Panama to provide aid and disaster relief after torrential rains caused severe flooding in the Central American country. The guided-missile frigate departed October 5 to conduct counter illicit trafficking operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South.
December 10, The Samuel B. Roberts, with embarked HSL-60 Det. 2 and U.S. Coast Guard LEDET 402 recovered 41 bales of cocaine Dec. 2, floating on the surface of the water, after pursuing a go-fast vessel into Panamanian territorial waters.
December 12, USS Samuel B. Roberts returned to homeport after the first half of underway period.
March 16, 2009 FFG 58 recently departed Roatan, Honduras, after a goodwill port visit.
April 2, The guided-missile frigate pulled into Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a brief port call.
April 6, USS Samuel B. Roberts, commanded by Cmdr. Charles L. Sellers, returned to Mayport after a two-day Tiger Cruise from Port Everglades, Fla., completing the six-month eastern Pacific deployment. The ship's crew made five separate drug busts, capturing more than 7.9 metric tons of cocaine, with a street value of approximately $557 million. She also visited ports of Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Panama City and Colon in Panama; and Conzumel, Mexico.
June 11, The Samuel B. Roberts arrived in Charlestown Navy Yard to participate in the Bunker Hill Day celebration.
November 17, USS Samuel B. Roberts departed Naval Station Mayport for a four-month deployment in support of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) West.
December 21, The "Sammy B" embarked nine Sierra Leone maritime law enforcement members and five U.S. Coast Guardsmen, Dec. 6-12, in support of APS and the African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), while operating off the coast of Sierra Leone. The ship recently visited Funchal, Portugal; Rota, Spain and Dakar, Senegal, for fuel and supplies.
December 30, FFG 58 arrived in Mindelo, Cape Verde, for a scheduled port call.
January 11, 2010 The guided-missile frigate pulled into Port Gentil, Gabon, for a five-day port visit.
January 18, USS Samuel B. Roberts arrived in Pointe Noire, Republic of Kongo, for a scheduled port visit.
January 27, The "Sammy B" anchored off the coast of Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, for a port call.
February 10, FFG 58 pulled into Lagos, Nigeria, to conduct a series of military-to-military interactions, theater security cooperation engagements and community relations (COMREL) projects.
March 5, The guided-missile frigate pulled into Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop to Madeira Island to refuel.
March 15, USS Samuel B. Roberts returned to homeport after completing the Africa Partnership Station deployment. On its trip back she once again visited Dakar, Rota and Funchal.
July 1, Cmdr. Charles Sellers received a punitive letter of reprimand for a collision with a Nigerian warship in February. A company from Jacksonville was awarded $370,780 on March 10 for the maintenance and repair of Samuel B. Roberts.
July 23, Cmdr. Angel C. Cruz relieved Cmdr. Charles L. Sellers as CO of the "Sammy B" during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the ship.
April 1, 2011 FFG 58 arrived in Faslane, Scotland, to participate in multinational exercise Joint Warrior 2011-1. The ship departed Mayport March 18.
April 22, USS Samuel B. Roberts departed Portsmouth, England, after a four-day port visit.
June 14, USS Samuel B. Roberts departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled deployment in support of the Africa Partnership Station (APS) East.
June 28, The guided-missile frigate departed Naval Support Activity Rota, Spain, after a brief port call to pick up fuel and supplies. The "Sammy B" recently visited Ponta Delgada, Portugal.
July 6, USS Samuel B. Roberts departed Naples, Italy, after a five-day port call to celebrate the Fourth of July.
July 19, FFG 58 arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, for its first port visit as part of APS East.
August 1, The Samuel B. Roberts arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for a week-long port visit.
August 12, USS Samuel B. Roberts arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, to begin their involvement with Africa Partnership Station East’s Hub.
August 29, The Roberts departed Maputo, Mozambique, after a three-day port visit.
September 5, The guided-missile frigate arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius, for a week-long visit.
September 21, USS Samuel B. Roberts departed Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, after a two-day port call, marking the completion of APS East deployment.
October 24, FFG 58 pulled into Mombasa, Kenya, to pick-up participants from South Africa and Uganda for exercise Cutlass Express, in the Somali Basin region, Oct. 25-28.
November 15, The "Sammy B" pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a three-day port call after transiting Suez Canal Nov. 14.
November 28, The guided-missile frigate departed Souda Bay, Greece, after a five-day port visit to Crete.
December 14, USS Samuel B. Roberts returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.
January 12, 2012 Cmdr. Robert R. Williams relieved Cmdr. Angel C. Cruz as CO of FFG 58 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship.
January 21, USS Samuel B. Roberts is currently participating in USS Enterprise CSG Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of simulated opposition forces.
February 8, 2013 The Samuel B. Roberts moored at Alabama Cruise Terminal in Mobile, Ala., for a five-day port visit to participate in Mardi Gras festivities.
March 22, The guided-missile frigate recently departed homeport for a three-week Independent Deployer (ID) Certification Exercise.
April 23, USS Samuel B. Roberts, with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 46 Det. 9, departed Mayport for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment. Brief stop in Funchal, Portugal, to refuel on May 2; Inport Naples, Italy, from May 6-9.
May 10, The Samuel B. Roberts arrived at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a three-day port call to conduct turnover with the USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49).
June 11, FFG 58 recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a brief port call. The ship is currently supporting the AFRICOM Counter Terrorism, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions with embarked four MQ-8B Fire Scouts.
June 30, USS Samuel B. Roberts recently arrived in Gaeta, Italy, for a routine port call. Inport Souda Bay from July 24-26.
July 26, Cmdr. Erica L. Hoffmann relieved Cmdr. Robert R. Williams as CO of the Samuel B. Roberts during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ship at Souda Bay.
August 16, USS Samuel B. Roberts anchored off the coast of Durres, Albania, for a three-day port visit. Inport Souda Bay again from Aug. 19-2?.
October 15, The guided-missile frigate pulled into Funchal, Portugal, for a brief stop at Madeira Island to refuel.
October 23, USS Samuel B. Roberts returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment. The Sammy B set a new Navy record of 1,712 Fire Scout UAV flight hours in support of mission tasking, breaking the previous record by more than 800 hours.
March 14, 2014 The Samuel B. Roberts recently departed Mayport to participate in a multinational exercise Joint Warrior 14-1, off the coast of Scotland, from March 30 through April 10.
March 28, FFG 58 moored at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for an extended port call to conduct emergent repairs. Returned home on April 28.?; Underway for a Friends and Family Day Cruise on June 12.
June 16, USS Samuel B. Roberts, with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 48 Det. 9, departed Naval Station Mayport for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment in support of AFRICOM Counter Terrorism, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions.
July 4, The "Sammy B" recently pulled into Augusta Bay, Italy, for a brief port call to conduct turnover with the USS Elrod (FFG 55).
August 8, USS Samuel B. Roberts moored at Kolossos Berth in Akandia Harbour for a three-day port visit to Rhodes, Greece.
November 13, The guided-missile frigate recently moored at Finger Berth in Port of Haifa, Israel, for a liberty port visit.?
November 26, FFG 58 recently arrived in Naval Support Activity Souda Bay at Crete, Greece, for a routine port call. Inport Augusta Bay for turnover with the USS Simpson (FFG 56) in early December.
December 15, USS Samuel B. Roberts returned to Mayport after completing its last six-month deployment.
May 22, 2015 USS Samuel B. Roberts was decommissioned, after a 29 years of active service, during a ceremony at Wharf E3, Naval Station Mayport. The ship departed Mayport today, under tow, en route to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Office in Philadelphia, Pa., where it will be dismantled for scrap.