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Ferryman 29 September 2015 17:33

For the Earnest Will guys-
Last of our Frigate buddies getting decommissioned, USS Simpson.

Fubar 29 September 2015 18:28

Thanks for the post Ferryman.

WGH0922 25 August 2016 19:07

Came across this article today.

havok88 26 August 2016 11:36


Originally Posted by WGH0922 (Post 1058588877)

awesome article. Thanks for posting.

Fubar 27 August 2016 09:07

Jim is a great guy. He and a couple of others have done one hell of a job documenting unit history and moving the community forward.

CTA 28 August 2016 18:42


Originally Posted by WGH0922 (Post 1058588877)

Good read... We were working in and out of Bahrain during that time frame 87-89 sporting Earnest Will.... The Sigonella DCS Station helped stand up and supported the ASU Bahrain Provisional Courier Station. We would rotate from Sig over there and do 3 month TAD stays on the base. Its now a full time Courier Station.

At the time, Bahrain was being built up by a Seabee unit. There was the Communications Station, BEQ/BOQ, a small mess hall, small theater, two pools, and a small PX. Maybe two blocks long. There was not a lot of folks billeted there at the time and they all lived off base. From what I've gleaned, it's changed even more since then when we inherited from the Brits.

On certain occasions, some Force Recon bubbas would crash out at the BEQ but never ran into SEALs or DBGs coming in from the barges. Other than the Seabees on base, we had an USN EOD unit, two couriers from Sig, the Desert Ducks HC-2 unit, which would rotate out of Norfolk, but had a permanent detachment there. If I wasn't making land runs, then I was jumping on hops with the Ducks out into the gulf and linking up with units.

My roommate was over there during the USS Roberts incident and I actually received flash traffic from the Vincennes on July 3rd and flew out to the ship with the Desert Ducks. Had trouble finding the ship we were almost past bingo. By the time we made it back to the base, we were going on full lockdown just in case.

Always enjoyed my rotations over there to Bahrain. A good mix of units supporting the mission plus a fun expat community. The EODs turned me onto the Hash House Harriers. Thankfully we could drink there and chase British stews. Fun times....

SGTROCK 28 August 2016 23:06

I was on the USS Okinawa and Spec Ops Barge Hercules in 87-88.
I got my tan off the shores of Iran..Persian Gulf Escort Service! lol


Prison RN 29 August 2016 11:56

I was on TEMAC to SBR-2 when Earnest Will was initiated. 9533s had to go to ST-4 Supply for enough Uniforms to deploy with, and the Boat Compound was busy with all hands on deck pulling things from 20,24, and BoatRon to get on the Raleigh. The then HMCS sent me back to school to finish my Bachelor's Degree, and deployed first from Medical. We had several Reservists from Det 306 and 24 on several of the subsequent detachments.

PBRGuy 19 October 2016 12:19


Originally Posted by Fubar (Post 1058589250)
Jim is a great guy. He and a couple of others have done one hell of a job documenting unit history and moving the community forward.

Absolutely One Of The Best ever...

WGH0922 19 June 2019 12:43

Live Broadcast of USS Samuel B Roberts Hosted by MCPON
I got this e-mail at work yesterday and may be of interest to those who were there. It starts in a few minutes.

"Naval History and Heritage Command is sponsoring a live broadcast June 19 at 1300 (EDT) featuring a presentation by retired Navy Captain Paul X. Rinn who commanded guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) on her maiden deployment when the ship was struck by an Iranian mine.

The broadcast will be hosted by MCPON and carried on AFN and the NHHC Facebook ( where we will take questions from those watching online.

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