Today, the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) is being decomissioned;
If you wanted to be part of the official party, you've lost your window;
Ladies and Gentlemen,
There have been a few questions about tours on the day of DECOM:In honor of the SAMMY B., this Sunday from 5-6pm Eastern we will have a repeat of our show from the 25th Anniversary of her finest day.
Based on the weather and tides, the Tow Master will have line handlers ready at 1200 on Friday, 22 May to tow the ship to Philadelphia. The plan is to have the ship off the pier at 1300 that day.
Therefore, no one will be allowed to go aboard after the ceremony. Folks can stand on the brow for pictures, but no one will be allowed to walk through the ship.
For anyone who has base access, we would be happy to allow people onboard on Thursday. No specific times, and note: WE WILL NOT COORDINATE BASE ACCESS.
We will also not allow people onboard on Friday before the ceremony.
I know that is a disappointment to some, but unfortunately that is how it has to be.
CDR Erica Hoffmann
CO, Sammy B
Little has changed since the USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG-58) struck a mine, and in retribution, the US Navy launched Operation PRAYING MANTIS.
The tactical and operational aspects of each, as well as combat leadership, remain constant even while the tools may have changed a bit.
To discuss this an more, our guest for the full hour will be Brad Peniston, author of "No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf," recently released by the Naval Institute Press in paperback and on Kindle.
Join us live if you can so you can join with the usual suspects in the chat room and offer up your questions for our guest, but if you miss the show you can always listen to the archive at blogtalkradio or just subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.