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USS NOA (DD-841)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBBS

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - STEEL HEAD

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME March 26 1945.
Launched July 30 1945 and commissioned November 2 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1961.
Decommissioned October 31 1973.
Loaned to Spain renamed Blas De Lezo (D65).
Stricken June 2 1975.
Sold to Spain May 17 1978.
Fate Stricken May 17 1991 and scrapped.

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Loveman Noa was born 5 October 1878 at Chattanooga, Tenn. Appointed to the Naval Academy as a midshipman 5 September 1896, he graduated in June 1900, and was ordered to the Asiatic station in gunboat Mariveles. The morning of 26 October 1901 Midshipman Noa, with an armed crew of six men, put off from Mariveles in a small boat to watch for craft engaged in smuggling contraband from the island of Leyte to Samar. When ready to return to Mariveles, they found the wind and the tide against them. As the boat was taking on water, they put into a small cove on the island of Samar. While scouting the adjacent jungle, Noa, was attacked and stabbed four times by Filipino insurgents. He died before aid could reach him. [1] Portrait of Naval Cadet David Bernard Loveman Noa. [2] Commemorative plaque at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD erected by the Class of 1900 in Memorial Hall.Bill Gonyo
Noa 94kArtist's conception of the Noa as she appeared after FRAM I overhaul by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Noa 164kUndated, location unknown.-
Noa 101kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Noa 142kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Noa 116kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Noa 108kNovember 20 1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Noa 173kGuantanamo Bay, Cuba during summer 1949.Ray Pass
Noa 109kConvoy operations in November 1949.Ray Pass
Noa 111kConvoy operations in November 1949.Ray Pass
Noa 129k1949 operations with the USS Mindoro (CVE-120).Ray Pass
Noa 152kDecember 1951, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Noa 165kTwo views of the Noa coming alongside the USS Tarawa (CVS-40) in the Atlantic from ALL HANDS magazine of April 1960.Stanley Svec
Noa 161kAs above.Stanley Svec
Noa 111kNovember 2 1961, US Navy photo.Ed Velasquez
Noa 147kPhoto taken from mount 32 on the USS Brough (DE-148) over looking the Mayport FL harbor naval complex. The ship off the port bow is the USS Noa (DD-841), and the aircraft carrier across the harbor is the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, (CVA-42).Bill Netsch
Noa 158kUSS Noa (DD-841) recovers the "Friendship 7" space capsule north of Haiti in the Atlantic Ocean on 20 February 1962. U.S. Navy Naval Aviation News/[1] April 1962, page 7.Robert Hurst
Noa 37kUSS Arcturus (AF-52) replenishes the destroyer USS Noa (DD-841) at sea, 8 November 1962, as pictured by Photographer 3d Class Cornell from on board USS Boston (CAG-1). U.S. Navy photo # USN 1066671.Robert Hurst
Noa 319kIn Genoa on January 13 1963.Carlo Martinelli
Noa 23kUSS Noa (DD-841), USS Huntington (DD-781) and USS Ault (DD-698) in the Mediterranean during 1965, coming alongside the USS Chikaskia for refueling. From the collections of RADM Edward L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon as compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.LCDR Al Gordon USN (Ret.)
Noa 99kThis post-FRAM, official Navy photograph, makes an interesting comparison to the pre-FRAM view, above. It was taken in Nov. 1968, while Noa was preparing for a Vietnam deployment; at the time, the mast supporting the antennas of her EW systems (atop the hangar) had been rebuilt to add an ULQ-6 active system, intended to counter the threat of the anti-ship missiles believed to be in the North Vietnamese inventory.Fabio Peña
Noa 152kCirca 1969 postcard view taken in Mayport, FL. Ships include the USS Turner (DD-834), USS Stribling (DD-867), USS Noa (DD-841) and USS Fiske (DD-842).Rich Wersinger, CDR, USNR (Ret.)
Noa 126kUSS Noa (DD-841) underway in 1969, location unknown. United States Navy photo by PH2 J. R. Altavena.Robert Hurst
Noa 54kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Noa 61kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Noa 141kShip's plaque.Michael Ayer
Noa 75kShip's Zippo from the Friendhip 7 recovery.Tommy Trampp
On Spanish Service
Noa 72kBlas De Lezo (D65) was named after Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta (or Olabarrieta). Born in Pasajes, Guipúzcoa, España, 3 February 1689. Died in Cartagena de Indias, Nueva Granada, [now Colombia,] 7 September 1741. Spanish Admiral. He was one of the best, and at the same time least known, strategists in Spanish Navy history.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Noa 95kAs the Spanish D-65 circa 1980s.Marc Piché
Noa 31kShip's patch.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Noa 14kCoat of arms for the Spanish DesRon 11, USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711), USS Furse (DD-882), USS O'Hare (DD-889), USS Leary (DD-879) and USS Noa (DD-841).Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
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USS NOA DD-841 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Rathel L. Nolan Jr.    Nov 2 1945 - Sep 12 1947
CDR Rufus Lackland Taylor    Sep 12 1947 - Apr 9 1948 (Later VADM)
CDR John Stuart Fletcher    Apr 9 1948 - Aug 10 1949
CDR Russell Henry Buckley    Aug 10 1949 - Aug 4 1950
CDR Malcolm Townsend Munger    Aug 4 1950 - Feb 24 1951
CDR William Roy Barnes    Feb 24 1951 - Mar 5 1951
CDR George Henry Rood    Mar 5 1951 - Apr 24 1952
CDR William Huntington Ayer    Apr 24 1952 - Aug 19 1953
CDR Ralph B. Terrill    Aug 19 1953 - Oct 7 1955
CDR Melvin Holquist Dry    Oct 7 1955 - Dec 27 1957
CDR Daniel Webster Abercrombie III    Dec 27 1957 - Mar 2 1960
CDR Richard Wheeler Belt Jr.    Mar 2 1960 - Jun 8 1960
CDR Lawrence Eugene (Larry) Traynor    Jun 8 1960 - Mar 24 1961
CDR John Dryden Exum    Mar 24 1961 - Oct 17 1962
CDR Frank George Schettino    Oct 17 1962 - Dec 30 1963
CDR Harry Bonaparte Gibbs    Dec 30 1963 - Feb 21 1965
CDR Walter William Doescher Jr.    Feb 21 1965 - Oct 31 1966
CDR James Edward Edmundson    Oct 31 1966 - Jul 18 1968
CDR Horace Desmond (Skip) Mann Jr.    Jul 18 1968 - Jul 18 1969
CAPT John Staige Kern    Jul 18 1969 - Aug 5 1969 (Later RADM)
CDR Herman Lamar Hunt    Aug 5 1969 - Jun 5 1971
CDR Jack Lewis Marriott    Jun 5 1971 - 1972
CDR William Henry Peerenboom    1972 - Sep 1973
LCDR Raymond Allan Helbig    Sep 1973 - Oct 31 1973

Commanding Officers under Spanish Command
Thanks to Fabio Peña and Ministerio de Defensa de España, Gabinete del AJEMA

CdF Juan L. Sobrino Buhigas    Oct 31 1973 - Nov 28 1974
CdF Agustin Guimera Peraza    Nov 28 1974 - Feb 20 1976
CdF Manuel Arias Sanchez    Feb 20 1976 - Sep 3 1977 (Later VADM)
CdF Luis Ayesta Granda    Sep 3 1977 - Sep 3 1979
CdF Jose Luis Torres Fernandez    Sep 3 1979 - Mar 3 1981 (Later VADM)
CdF Eduardo Gomez Castillo    Mar 3 1981 - Sep 3 1982 (Later VADM)
CdF Jesus Fontan Suances    Sep 3 1982 - Mar 6 1984
CdF Gabriel Portal Anton    Mar 6 1984 - Sep 6 1985 (Later ADM)
CdF Vicente Cuquerella Jarillo    Sep 6 1985 - Mar 6 1987 (Later VADM)
CdF Luis Roca Ramirez    Mar 6 1987 - Sep 12 1988 (Later ADM)
CdF Jose Luis Gonzalez-Irun Sanchez    Sep 12 1988 - Mar 16 1990
CdF Alvaro Armada Vadillo    Mar 16 1990 - Sep 30 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Karas

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