FF-1053 General Specifications
Class: Knox-class frigate
Complement: 15 Officers and 230 Enlisted
Displacement: 3011 tons
Beam: 47 feet
Draft: 24 feet 3 in
Range: 4 500 miles
Final Disposition: To Naval Reserve Force 1987Scrapped 2004
USS ROARK (FF-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.
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]