The Once—and Future?—USS Samuel B. Roberts

The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) conducts a towing exercise with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21).

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cyrus Roson

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The Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) conducts a towing exercise with the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21).

The enduring legacy of a small warship, in 25 tweets.

With yesterday’s decommissioning of the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), the end of the Perry-class frigate draws one step nearer. The fleet won’t be long without a class of ships it calls frigates; in January, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus declared that future littoral combat ships will henceforth be known as “fast frigates.” 

But the Navy would also do well to ensure that it is not long without a warship named Roberts. Here’s a case for a fourth “Sammy B”:

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