A Legendary Vessel That Survived Against All Odds Is Set To Retire

“I looked aft, and everything behind the mast was just a wall of flame, towering up into the sky,” recalled … Continued

A Legendary Vessel That Survived Against All Odds Is Set To Retire

“I looked aft, and everything behind the mast was just a wall of flame, towering up into the sky,” recalled Senior Chief Tom Reinert while aboard the Frigate Samuel B. Roberts. On April 14, 1988, a Russian-designed Iranian mine exploded, knocking out power, shattering the keel and flooding the frigate.

Over the next four hours the ship’s crew fought for survival, and through their incredible efforts, they saved the ship, and each other. As the vessel prepares to retire from active service, the efforts of her crew stand as a testament to what can be accomplished when courage, selflessness and herculean effort are bound together by decisive leadership.

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