No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel Roberts in the by Bradley Peniston

By Bradley Peniston

Like its international struggle II namesake of Leyte Gulf status, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG fifty eight) was once a small combatant outfitted for escort responsibility. yet its skipper imbued his brand-new staff with a battling spirit to check their forebears, and in 1988 whilst the guided missile frigate used to be thrust into the Persian Gulf on the peak of the Iran-Iraq conflict, there has been no greater send for the activity. Forbidden to fireside except fired upon, Captain Paul Rinn and his team sailed amid the chaos within the Gulf for 2 months, counting on wit and nerve to stand down fighter jets and warships bent at the destruction of civilian vessels. Their sternest try out got here while an Iranian mine ripped open the ship's engine room, ignited fires on 4 decks, and plunged the send into darkness. The crew's bravery and funky competence used to be credited with protecting the send afloat, and its activities became a part of army lore and a staple of naval management classes ever for the reason that. this is often the 1st e-book to list the Roberts' remarkable story. After years of study and interviews with crewmembers, journalist Bradley Peniston chronicles the crew's heroic efforts to avoid wasting the send as they fought flames and flooding good into the evening. the writer additionally describes the frigate's origins, its operational historical past, and the crew's education. Peniston's own method of the topic not just breathes existence into the old narrative yet supplies readers a chance to get to grasp the members concerned and comprehend the U.S. retaliation to the mining and the conflict that developed, environment the level for conflicts to come.

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