USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) is one of the final ships in the United States Navy's Oliver Hazard Perry class of guided missile frigates (FFG). The ship was severely damaged by an Iranian mine in 1988, leading U.S. forces to respond with Operation Praying Mantis.
Commissioning and namesakeThe frigate was named for Samuel B. Roberts, a Navy coxswain who was killed while evacuating the U.S. Marines during the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. FFG-58, the third U.S. ship to bear the coxswain's name, was launched in December 1984 by Bath Iron Works (BIW) and sponsored by the wife of Jack Yusen, a sailor who served in World War II and in the battle of Leyte Gulf on the former USS Samuel B. Roberts. Put in commission in April 1986 under the command of Commander Paul X. Rinn, the ship racked up numerous awards and commendations even before its first deployment.