USS Notable (AM-267)

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History
United States
Name: USS Notable (AM-267)
Builder: Gulf Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 17 September 1942
Launched: 12 June 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. John F. Brown
Commissioned: 23 December 1943
Decommissioned: 29 May 1946
Fate: Transferred to the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, 1946
History
Republic of China
Name: unknown
Acquired: 1946
Fate: unknown
General characteristics
Class and type: Admirable-class minesweeper
Displacement: 650 long tons (660 t)
Length: 184 ft 6 in (56.24 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 14.8 knots (27.4 km/h)
Complement: 104
Armament:
Service record
Part of:
Awards: 2 Battle stars

USS Notable (AM-267) was an Admirable-class minesweeper built for the United States Navy during World War II. She earned two battle stars in service in the Atlantic and the Pacific during the war. In 1946, she was decommissioned and turned over to the Republic of China for service with the Chinese Maritime Customs Service. Her ultimate fate is unreported in secondary sources.

Career[edit]

Notable was laid down 17 September 1943 by the Gulf Shipbuilding Corp., Chickasaw, Alabama launched 12 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. John F. Brown and commissioned 23 December 1943, Lt. R. B. Williams USNR, in command. Following a brief shakedown cruise by way of New Orleans, Louisiana, to Little Creek, Virginia, and service providing minecraft training for pre-commissioning crews, Notable departed Norfolk, Virginia, 3 May 1944 for Argentia, Newfoundland, where she took on U.S. Coast Guard meteorologists and sailed 22 June for Davis Strait. There, the minesweeper took up station as a weather patrol ship, providing North Atlantic convoys with vital weather data for their crossings. On 27 October, she was ordered to Boston, Massachusetts, and then Norfolk for minesweeping training and overhaul.

Notable departed Norfolk in February 1945 for the Pacific sailing via Bermuda, the Panama Canal, and San Diego, California, arriving Pearl Harbor 5 April. After more training, the mine sweeper put out from Pearl, 28 April bound for the Western Pacific; and on 24 May, joined task unit TU 94.19.18 for Okinawa. From 30 May to 4 July 1945, the little ship operated in and around Kerama Retto on antiaircraft patrols, and then began continuous duty with minesweepers in the East China Sea, sweeping over 100 contact mines in a period of two months and then engaging in occupation duty following the surrender of Japan 2 September. Notable continued on sweeping and patrol missions in the Western Pacific.

She decommissioned 29 May 1946 and was turned over to the Foreign Liquidation Commission at Shanghai, China, where she was simultaneously transferred to the Chinese Maritime Customs Service. Her name in Chinese service and her fate are not reported in secondary sources.

Notable received 2 battle stars for World War II service

References[edit]

  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
  • "Notable". Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive. NavSource Online. Retrieved 2008-02-18.