USS Noble (APA-218)
USS Noble; (APA-218) underway off San Diego, December 1956
|Name:||USS Noble (APA-218)|
|Namesake:||Counties in Indiana, Ohio and Oklahoma|
|Laid down:||20 July 1944|
|Launched:||18 October 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs Maxine C. Jones|
|Acquired:||27 November 1944|
|Commissioned:||27 November 1944|
|Decommissioned:||1 July 1964|
|Fate:||Sold to the Spanish Navy, 19 December 1964|
|Name:||SPS Aragon (TA-11)|
|Acquired:||19 December 1964|
|Struck:||1 January 1982|
|Class & type:||Haskell-class attack transport|
|Tonnage:||150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons|
|Displacement:||6,873 tons (lt), 14,837 t. (fl)|
|Propulsion:||1 x Westinghouse geared turbine, 2 x Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 1 x propeller, designed shaft horsepower 8,500|
|Boats & landing
|2 x LCM, 12 x LCVP, 3 x LCPU|
|Capacity:||86 Officers 1,475 Enlisted|
|Crew:||56 Officers, 480 enlisted|
|Armament:||1 x 5"/38 caliber dual-purpose gun mount, 1 x quad 40mm gun mount, 4 x twin 40mm gun mounts, 10 x single 20mm gun mounts|
|Notes:||MCV Hull No. 566, hull type VC2-S-AP5|
USS Noble (APA-218) was a Haskell-class attack transport which saw service with the US Navy in World War II and the Korean War. She was later transferred to the Spanish Navy in the 1960s under a mutual assistance agreement.
Noble was named after counties in Indiana, Ohio and Oklahoma. She was laid down as MCV hull 566 on 20 July 1944 by Permanente Metals Corporation of Richmond, California as a modified Victory ship; completed by the Kaiser Shipyard at Richmond; launched 18 October 1944; acquired by the Navy on 27 November 1944; and commissioned the same day, Comdr. Solomon S. Isquith in command.
World War II
Noble's primary mission was to transport to a combat area the men and some of the material necessary for an assault on an enemy shore. Her main armament, her boat group, was designed to deliver her troops and cargo to the beach in a planned and orderly fashion. After discharging troops and equipment, she could evacuate casualties or prisoners of war.
Invasion of Okinawa
In January 1945, Noble steamed westward to participate in the Okinawa campaign.
Upon termination of the war, she assisted in the delivery of released allied prisoners of war from Korea to the Philippines. She also participated in Operation Magic Carpet, returning servicemen from the Pacific to the United States. Noble was attached to the Atlantic Fleet from 1946 through 1949, operating out of Norfolk, Virginia.
Noble returned to San Diego 13 September 1949 and was undergoing overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, when war broke out in Korea in June 1950. In August, she steamed to Korea to participate in the September Inchon amphibious assault. Thereafter, she assisted in the transport of U.S. and foreign troops and equipment to and from the Korean combat zone.
Subsequent to the Korean War, Noble conducted training operations in both the eastern and western Pacific areas. In 1955, she assisted in the evacuation of Chinese civilians and military from the Tachen Islands to Formosa. At the outset of the Cuban Missile Crisis 27 October 1962, Noble embarked 1,400 Marines with their equipment and steamed for the Caribbean in company with other Pacific Fleet amphibious units. She returned to San Diego in December, then deployed to WestPac in March 1963 for a tour with the 7th Fleet Amphibious Ready Group.
Noble returned to San Diego in December 1963 and conducted upkeep and training operations until she decommissioned 1 July 1964. She then entered the Mare Island Naval Shipyard for preparation for transfer to Spain under the Mutual Assistance Program. The transfer ceremony took place 19 December at San Francisco.
Renamed attack transport Aragón (TA-11) by the Spanish, the ship served until being laid up and struck from the Spanish Navy Vessel Register on 1 January 1982. She was sold for scrap in 1987.
- Noble County in Indiana was named for Noah Noble, an early governor of that state; Noble County in Ohio was named for James Noble, an early settler; and Noble County in Oklahoma was named for John Willock Noble, Secretary of the Interior from 1889 to 1893.
- Noble, from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, (1969) Vol. 4, p.487; (1970) Vol. 5, p.101. Accessed 26 January 2008.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- APA-218 Noble, Navsource Online (statistics and photos)
- Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships, 1947-1995, p. 439