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Like its World War II namesake of Leyte Gulf fame, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) was a small combatant built for escort duty. But its skipper imbued his brand-new crew with a fighting spirit to match their forebears, and in 1988 when the guided missile frigate was thrust into the Persian Gulf at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, there was no better ship for the job. Forbidden to fire unless fired upon, Captain Paul Rinn and his crew sailed amid the chaos in the Gulf for two months, relying on wit and nerve to face down fighter jets and warships bent on the destruction of civilian vessels. Their sternest test came when an Iranian mine ripped open the ship's engine room, ignited fires on four decks, and plunged the ship into darkness. The crew's bravery and cool competence was credited with keeping the ship afloat, and its actions have become part of Navy lore and a staple of naval leadership courses ever since.

This is the first book to record the Roberts' extraordinary tale. After years of research and interviews with crewmembers, journalist Bradley Peniston chronicles the crew's heroic efforts to save the ship as they fought flames and flooding well into the night. The author also describes the frigate's origins, its operational history, and the crew's training. Peniston's personal approach to the subject not only breathes life into the historical narrative but gives readers an opportunity to get to know the individuals involved and understand the U.S. retaliation to the mining and the battle that evolved, setting the stage for conflicts to come.

Bradley Peniston is editor of Armed Forces Journal and formerly managing editor of the weekly newspaper Defense News.  He has covered the U.S. military in more than a dozen countries and spent time aboard more than fifty warships.  His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Moscow Times, Naval Institute Proceedings, and elsewhere.  He is also the author of Around the World with the U.S. Navy.

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5.00 Stars
Military Officer Magazine, March 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
By: William Bushnell, reviewer
"In one of the most inspiring books about modern naval history, Peniston details the story of how Cmdr. Paul Rinn and his crew prepared, trained, and executed dangerous Persian Gulf missions and describes their harrowing ordeal as the Roberts is crippled by a sea mine. This is a marvelous true tale of leadership, training, discipline, damage control, and crisis decision-making -- fight fires or control flooding? -- amid the threat of attack."
As reviewed in Int'l. Journal of Naval History
Thursday, February 14, 2008
By: Jessica Salter
Bradley Peniston?s extensive experience on warships is illustrated throughout this enjoyable and well-researched book. The author?s detailed descriptions allow the reader to portray a vivid mental image of life onboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts. Combined with a number of highly entertaining anecdotes, 'No Higher Honor' represents an accessible and pleasurable read for all.


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