Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, 1st ed., 2006. Xviii + 279 pp., 22 photos etc. D.j., 23 x 16cm. FINE. Trade card of Judy A. Heise, Naval Institute Press, stapled to (blank) free endpaper. The guided missile frigate USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) was deployed in the Persian Gulf at the height of the Iran-Iraq War, and for two months escorted tankers as part of the largest convoy operation since World War II. On the 14th April 1988 the frigate struck an Iranian mine which ripped open her engine-room, ignited fires on four decks, and plunged the vessel into darkness. Throughout the night her crew bravely fought fire and flood to save the ship. The incident provoked the biggest surface-ship battle for decades, helped to end the war, and set the stage for conflicts to come.