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Notable

 

Worthy of note or notice; remarkable; distinguished.

 

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(AM–267: dp. 945; l 184’6”; b. 33’; dr. 9’9”; s. 14.8 k.; cpl. 104; a. 1 3”, 4 40mm; cl. Admirable)

 

The first Notable (AM–267) 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 to Little Creek, Va., and service providing minecraft training for precommissioning crews, Notable departed Norfolk 3 May 1944 for Argentia, Newfoundland, where she took on 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 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, arriving Pearl Harbor 5 April. After more training, the minesweeper put out from Pearl 28 April bound for the Western Pacific; and on 24 May, joined 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 until 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 Custom Fleet.

 

Notable received 2 battle stars for World War II service.