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USS ROARK (FF-1053) - a Knox-class frigate

In Commission 1969 to 1991

FF-1053 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1966 - Keel Date: 2 FEB 1966
at Todd Pacific Shipyards Seattle WA
APR 1967 - Launch Date: 27 APR 1967
NOV 1969 - Commissioned: 22 NOV 1969
JAN 1971 - AUG 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1971 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1972 - AUG 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1975 - MAR 1976 West Pac
JAN 1976 - JAN 1977 Shipyard Overhaul--Seattle Washington
MAR 1977 - OCT 1977 West Pac
JAN 1979 - JUN 1979 Soth Pacific Deployment
JAN 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 28 JAN 1979 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1981 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1981 - JAN 1982 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN 1983 - SEP 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR 1990 - JUN 1990 West Pac
DEC 1991 - Decommissioned: 14 DEC 1991

FF-1053 General Specifications

Class: Knox-class frigate

Complement: 15 Officers and 230 Enlisted

Displacement: 3011 tons

Length: 415′

Beam: 47 feet

Draft: 24 feet 3 in

Range: 4 500 miles

Final Disposition: To Naval Reserve Force 1987Scrapped 2004


Roark (DE-1053) was laid down on 2 February 1966 by the Todd Shipyards Corp., Seattle, Wash.; launched 24 April 1967; sponsored by Mrs. William M. Roark and Mrs. Frank F. Roark; and commissioned 22 November 1969, Comdr. Wayne L. Beech in command.

Since completing shakedown in the spring of 1970, Roark a unit of DesRon 21, conducted training operations out of her homeport of San Deigo [sic; San Diego], Calif., until the end of the year. With 1971 she began preparations for her first deployment with the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific and departed from San Diego 7 January. After stopping at Pearl Harbor and refueling at Midway Island, Roark suffered a fire in her engine room. The damage was sufficient to require her return to Pearl Harbor for repairs. Almost two months later, in March, she was underway again for WestPac. She remained in the western Pacific until July, when she started for home, arriving in San Diego 10 August. For the remainder of 1971, Roark operated out of San Diego.

The new year, 1972, brought with it another deployment to the Far East. She departed San Diego 8 February and arrived in Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, 29 February. She operated in WestPac, primarily in the Vietnam area until 15 August, when she pointed her bow homeward. Roark entered San Diego 30 August and remained in the vicinity for the duration of 1972 and the first eight months of 1973. She departed San Diego in August and arrived in Subic Bay on the 31st. After almost four months of deployment with the Seventh Fleet, Roark sailed into San Diego 21 December 1973. As of January 1974, she is still in San Diego.

Roark received three battle stars for Vietnam service. 14 October 2005

[Note: The above USS ROARK (FF-1053) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ROARK (FF-1053), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]