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Samuel B Roberts Social Media Toolkit


The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), working with the Defense Media Activity (DMA), is sponsoring an interactive, live broadcast to the fleet June 19, 2019 at 1 p.m. Eastern aboard USS Truxtun (DDG 103) in Norfolk, Virginia. The event, which will be streamed on the NHHC Facebook page and carried live on the American Forces Network overseas and on ships at sea, will feature a presentation by Capt. Paul Rinn, (U.S. Navy, Retired). Rinn will discuss his experiences in command of the guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) when the ship was mined in the Arabian Gulf by Iranian forces in 1988. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith will host the event and moderate a discussion following Capt. Rinn’s presentation.

The live broadcast will share the compelling story of how the crew of Samuel B. Roberts overcame adversity. The crew’s legacy of valor and sacrifice will inspire current and future generations of Navy combat leaders and teams, enabling them to more effectively accomplish the Navy’s mission. Specifically, the broadcast will:

  • Recognize the heroism of the crew of USS Samuel B. Roberts, and connect them with and inspire the current generation of Sailors.
  • Reinforce with today’s Sailors the core attributes of toughness, initiative, integrity and accountability demonstrated by the crew of Samuel B. Roberts.
  • Use our past to generate awareness within the fleet of the importance of forward presence and the risks that come with it.

Please use the following content to help us promote and share this important piece of naval history with your respective online audiences!

Suggested Social Media Posts (*Start Promoting June 12*)

Facebook: Readiness and Resilience—these are just two of the traits the crew of USS Samuel B. Roberts exhibited on April 14, 1988 as they fought to save their ship from sinking into the Arabian Gulf. Just over 30 years later, hear from the commanding officer of the ship, Capt. Paul Rinn, as he sits down with MCPON Russell Smith and the crew of USS Truxtun (DDG 103) to discuss this moment from our history; a remarkable tale of toughness, accountability, initiative, integrity, and redemption. https://go.usa.gov/xmeMw

Twitter: Readiness and Resilience—these are just 2 traits the crew of USS Samuel B. Roberts exhibited April 14, 1988 as they fought to save their ship. Join @USNHistory LIVE on Facebook June 19 as the ship’s captain sits down w/ @NavyMCPON to discuss this piece of naval history: https://go.usa.gov/xmeMw

Links to interesting/supportive content:

Imagery of the ship:
Note: There are several images of then-CDR Paul Rinn at the below link in which he is incorrectly identified as the “former” commanding officer of the ship. In the photos, Rinn is clearly wearing the Command at Sea pin. He did eventually turn over command to CDR John Townes who is also in the photos.

Social Media Graphics:







11×17 Poster (print and hang up around your command/ship!):



For more information, contact:

Paul Taylor, NHHC Communication Branch Head, william.p.taylor@navy.mil, 202-433-0271
Arif Patani, Digital Engagement Team Lead, arif.patani@navy.mil, 202-433-0300