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Hull Number: DD-841

Launch Date: 07/30/1945

Commissioned Date: 11/02/1945

Decommissioned Date: 10/31/1973

Call Sign: NBBS

Voice Call Sign: NOA (59), STEEL HEAD (60-61)



Data for USS Gearing (DD-710) as of 1945

Length Overall: 390’ 6"

Beam: 40’ 10"

Draft: 14’ 4"

Standard Displacement: 2,425 tons

Full Load Displacement: 3,479 tons

Fuel capacity: 4,647 barrels


Six 5″/38 caliber guns
Two 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 40mm quadruple anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes


20 Officers
325 Enlisted


4 Boilers
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower

Highest speed on trials: 34.6 knots



Wikipedia (as of 2024)

David Bernard Loveman Noa (5 October 1878 – 26 October 1901) was an officer in the United States Navy.[1] He was killed while on duty in the United States’ newly acquired overseas territory of the Philippines. He is the namesake for two United States Navy destroyers.

He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the Jewish immigrants, Ismar Noa (1836–1906) of BreslauPrussia, (now WrocławPoland), and Rose B. Loveman (1842–1923) of Hungary. His siblings were Ernestine Noa (1871–1951); Bianca Noa (1874–1945) who married Albert Hodges Morehead, Sr. (1852–1922); and Wallace Noa (1876–1908). His maternal uncle was David Barnard Loveman, who had moved to Chattanooga and started the Lovemans department store.[2]

Noa was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy as a naval cadet[A 1] on September 5, 1896. He graduated in June 1900.[3] He was ordered to the Asiatic Station in gunboat Mariveles. On the morning of October 26, 1901 Midshipman Noa, with an armed crew of six men, put off from the 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 the Mariveles, they found the wind and the tide against them. The boat was taking on water, and they put into a small cove on the island of Samar. While scouting the adjacent jungle, Noa was attacked and stabbed five times by Filipino insurgents, three times in the abdomen, one in the chest, and one in his left shoulder. He was then given a blow to the head. He died after fifteen minutes, before aid could reach him. He was buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.[1][4][5]


To Spain 10/31/1973

A Tin Can Sailors Destroyer History


The Tin Can Sailor, July 2011

The USS NOA (DD‑841) was launched by Maine’s Bath Iron Works on 30 July and commissioned 2 November 1945. Her first Mediterranean deployment, fleet maneuvers in the South Atlantic, and duty as school training ship for the Fleet Sonar School in Key West took her into 1949 when she served as rescue destroyer for the MINDORO (CVE‑120). From September 1949 through January 1951, as a unit of Destroyer Squadron Eight, she became part of a permanent hunter‑killer group. She did a second tour with the Sixth Fleet during that period. Following operations along the East Coast, she left Norfolk in August 1953 on a 42,000-mile around‑the‑world cruise during which she operated with Task Force 77 patrolling off the Korean coast. With her on one of her patrols was the USS CONE (DD‑866).

During an overhaul in 1955, the NOA was outfitted with experimental sonar equipment. In February 1956 she got underway for her third Mediterranean deployment. Over the next three years, she operated along the East Coast and took part in exercises in the Caribbean. During the summer of 1958, she participated in Sixth Fleet operations during the Lebanon crisis. After a short tour in the Persian Gulf she returned to Norfolk. Her 1959 deployment to the Mediterranean included operations in the Middle East with stops in Ethiopia, India, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Aden. In September 1959, she transferred from Destroyer Squadron Six to Squadron Fourteen, with a new homeport in Mayport, Florida, operating off the Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean.

From May 1960 to May 1961, she underwent her FRAM I overhaul. In the fall she steamed for combined exercises in the Eastern Atlantic with the British Navy. In early February 1962, she began preparations for recovery of America’s first astronaut, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC, Project Mercury Astronaut, and his space capsule. She was underway on 19 February for the recovery station, located 200 miles WNW of San Juan. On the 20th, at precisely 1440, five hours and 53 minutes after blastoff, Friendship Seven reentered the atmosphere with a loud sonic boom that was clearly audible in the NOA. First on the scene, she recovered Col. Glenn after his                   historic three orbits of the earth. He splashed down just three miles from the destroyer. John Glenn remained in the NOA for three hours before a helicopter transferred him to the RANDOLPH (CVS‑15), the prime recovery ship.

Upon completion of the recovery operations, she returned to Mayport for ASW operations with Task Group Alfa followed by midshipmen cruises and Mediterranean deployments in August 1962, February 1964, and May 1965. In October 1965 , the NOA steamed from Mayport for the Gemini VI recovery off the west coast of Africa. The flight was canceled after the Agena‑B rocket designed to launch a docking vehicle failed to achieve an orbital insertion. The destroyer went on to take part in Atlantic Fleet exercises, including amphibious exercises in the Caribbean from January through March 1966. She also served as a unit of the Gemini 8 recovery force in March 1966. Her Mediterranean deployment that year was from April to October. In January 1967, the NOA received two QH‑50 Drone AntiSubmarine Helicopters (DASH). She then served as school ship for the Fleet Sonar School at Key West. Operation Springboard took her to the Caribbean in March, and she was in the Mediterranean from                   June through November.

The NOA stood out of Mayport in January 1968 to for a burial at sea according to the last wishes of George H. Flynt, YN1 (Ret.), a veteran of twenty years in the navy. Following a six-month overhaul at Charleston, the destroyer began preparation for deployment to the Pacific with a brief interruption by hurricane Gladys on 19 October. She resumed her training for a 1969 deployment to WestPac, which did not take place.

The NOA was decommissioned on 31 October 1973. She was subsequently loaned to Spain and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register on 2 June 1975. The ship served in the Spanish navy as SPS BLAS DE LEZO (D65), named after Adm. Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta (1689–1741). The United States sold her to Spain on 17 May 1978. The BLAS DE LEZO was stricken and scrapped in 1991.

USS NOA DD-841 Ship History

Wikipedia (as of 2024)

USS Noa (DD-841) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the United States Navy, the second Navy ship named for midshipman Loveman Noa (1878–1901).

Noa was laid down by the Bath Iron WorksBath, Maine, on 26 March 1945; launched on 30 July 1945, sponsored by Mrs. James Cary Jones, Jr., wife of Rear Admiral James Cary Jones, Jr., USN; and commissioned on 2 November 1945.

After shakedown at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Noa departed her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia for her first Mediterranean deployment. She called at Gibraltar, Nice, Naples, Malta, VenicePiraeus, and Lisbon. After participating in fleet maneuvers in the South Atlantic in early 1947, the Noa returned to the United States. For the next two years she exercised in type training, underwent overhaul, and acted as school training ship for the Fleet Sonar School in Key West, Florida.

The Noa served as rescue destroyer for the aircraft carrier Mindoro (CVE-120) during June and July 1949. From September 1949 through January 1951, she engaged in extended antisubmarine warfare training in a permanent ASW hunter-killer group as a unit of Destroyer Squadron Eight (DesRon 8). She also made a second Mediterranean deployment during this period. In early 1951 she participated in Convex II, a large scale convoy escort exercise, after which she called at Baltimore, Maryland. The next two years were devoted to upkeep and operational training along the East coast.

In August 1953, the Noa departed from Norfolk on a 42,000-mile (78,000 km) around-the-world cruise. She arrived Sasebo, Japan on 3 October and spent four months operating in the Sea of Japan with Task Force 77. Here she participated in operational readiness exercises while maintaining truce patrol off the Korean coast.

In November 1953, the Noa operated in Japanese waters as part of a hunter-killer group. She patrolled the Korean coast together with the Cone (DD-866) in late November and early December. From then until her return to the United States in April 1954, the Noa engaged in underway training. Upon her return to Norfolk, she was reassigned to hunter-killer duty in the Atlantic Ocean.

On 7 September 1954, the Noa left Norfolk to participate in a joint NATO antisubmarine warfare exercise named “Black Jack”. After visiting Derry, Northern Ireland, and ports in the Mediterranean, she was due to return to Norfolk on 12 November 1954. After leaving Gibraltar, the destroyer group was caught in hurricane force winds reaching 64 knots (119 km/h; 74 mph). The Noa recorded rolls in excess of 50 degrees, Some of the destroyers sustained heavy damage in the storm. The Noa and the other destroyers found safe haven at the port of Ponta Delgada on São Miguel Island in the Azores. The destroyer group, along with the aircraft carrier Valley Forge (CV-45), arrived at Norfolk one day late, on 13 November 1954. After returning, the Noa reported to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard at Philadelphia for an overhaul.

During the overhaul in the summer of 1955, the Noa was outfitted with experimental sonar equipment that she tested in the Key West area. She departed Norfolk Naval Shipyard in February 1956 for her third Mediterranean deployment. Upon return to homeport the following summer, she trained in the eastern Atlantic. In the spring 1957 she steamed to the Caribbean for Operation Springboard 1–57 and Desairdex 1–57.

After completion of a three-month overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in August 1957 she steamed for five weeks of refresher training at Guantanamo and for shore bombardment exercises at Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. In winter of 1957–8, Noa served as test ship for experimental radio equipment and in spring 1958 she was again taking part in Springboard exercises in the Caribbean.

March 1957 saw the Noa as a participant in Lantphibex 1–58, an exercise designed to test the latest amphibious warfare concepts. During the summer of 1958, the Noa took part in 6th Fleet operations during the Lebanon crisis. After a short tour in the Persian Gulf she returned to Norfolk and joined the 2nd Fleet for Lantphibex 2–58.

In February 1959, the Noa was again deployed to the Mediterranean. She participated in Sixth Fleet exercises through 1 April when she steamed for the Middle East via the Suez Canal. She called at MassawaEthiopiaBombayIndiaBahrainSaudi ArabiaBandar ShahpurIran; and Aden. In late June, the Noa rejoined the Sixth Fleet after having gone eighty-three days without replenishment. She returned to Norfolk on 1 September, and then transferred from Destroyer Squadron Six to Squadron Fourteen, with a new homeport at Mayport, Florida. Through spring 1960 she operated off the Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean, She entered the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on 25 May for a Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM), and she received the latest in antisubmarine warfare (ASW) equipment.

Noa completed her FRAM I overhaul on 2 May 1961, and she rejoined the Atlantic Fleet. After a four-week ready-for-sea period and ASROC qualification trials, she reported to Fleet Training Command, Guantanamo, for six weeks refresher training. Noa returned to Mayport on 23 July for a two-week destroyer-tender period alongside the Yellowstone (AD-27).

Training followed, and the Noa steamed for the United Kingdom, for combined exercises in the Eastern Atlantic with the Royal Navy. She arrived at Portsmouth, England on 6 November, and also called at Belfast and Dublin before standing in to homeport on 20 December. After leave and upkeep, the Noa resumed ASW training on 29 January 1962 in the western Atlantic.

The Noa returned to Mayport on 6 February for modifications to her boat davits and briefings in preparation for the recovery of both America’s first astronaut to orbit the Earth and his spacecraft. Preparations completed, she steamed on 11 February for the Project Mercury recovery area in the southwestern Atlantic, she reported on station on 14 February as part of the 24-ship recovery task force.

After two reschedulings of the space flight, the Noa put in at San Juan, Puerto Rico, for two days. She was underway on 19 February for the recovery station, located 200 miles WNW of San Juan. On 20 February, at precisely 14:40, five hours and 53 minutes after launch, Friendship 7 reentered the atmosphere with a loud sonic boom that was clearly audible in Noa. She sighted and recovered Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC, Project Mercury astronaut, after he had completed three orbits of the Earth and splashed down three miles from the destroyer. Enthusiastic crewmen used white paint to draw circles around Glenn’s footsteps when he stepped onto the ship’s deck.[1] Col. Glenn remained aboard Noa for three hours before a helicopter transferred him to the Randolph (CV-15), the primary recovery ship.

Upon completion of recovery operations, the Noa returned to Mayport for ASW operations with Task Group Alpha until on 31 May. The Noa then conducted type training and midshipmen cruises out of her homeport between Mediterranean operational deployments and upkeep. She steamed for the Mediterranean on 3 August 1962 for a seven-month tour with the Sixth Fleet and on 8 February 1964 saw her stand out of Mayport for another six-month Mediterranean deployment.

Her regularly scheduled overhaul took place at Charlestown from September 1964 through January 1965, followed by a Mediterranean deployment from mid-May through 1 September. In early October 1965, the Noa steamed from Mayport for the Gemini VI recovery off the west coast of Africa. The flight was cancelled after the Agena-B rocket designed to launch a docking vehicle failed to achieve an orbital insertion.

The Noa then participated in training and Atlantic Fleet exercises, including “High Time”, an amphibious exercise in the Caribbean from late January through early March 1966. She also served as a unit of the Gemini 8 recovery forces 14–17 March 1966. Her April–October deployment to the Mediterranean was followed by leave, upkeep and Lantflex (28 November – 15 December).

In January 1967, the Noa received two QH-50 DASH drone antisubmarine helicopters. She then served as school ship for the Fleet Sonar School at Key West (28 January – 11 February). “Operation Springboard” took her to the Caribbean 3–11 March and she steamed in Mediterranean waters June through November.

The Noa stood out of Mayport on 5 January 1968 to conduct a solemn mission – the burial at sea of George H. Flynt, YN1 (Ret.). Flynt’s last wish was that his remains be consigned to the deep.

The Noa underwent regular availability and overhaul at Charleston commencing 8 January 1968. Work was completed 17 June and the destroyer was in Mayport on 25 June. Because of excessive vibration in her starboard shaft, the Noa returned to drydock at Charleston on 8 July for one week. She steamed for Guantanamo for refresher training after which she returned to Mayport on 11 September. Homeported once again the destroyer conducted maintenance and training and began preparation for deployment to the Pacific.

During October she was in restricted availability at Jacksonville, Florida, for boiler repairs. She rode out Hurricane Gladys on 19 October and then spent the rest of the year in training and in preparation for her deployment to the Western Pacific in 1969.

1969 West Pac Cruise serving off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam proceeding within 12 Nautical Miles on at least two occasions, April and May of 1969. In May 1972, the Noa went to Guantanamo Bay for training. The ship was scheduled for overhaul and needed work done before she could again be deployed.” In June – September 1972, Noa underwent overhaul at the Naval Station Jacksonville. Repairs were made to the outer and inner hull. Lagging was replaced throughout the ship. Noa returned to Gitmo in November, 1972 for refresher training. She left Mayport for her last deployment as an American ship in January 1973, headed for the Middle East. Her deployment was a second one to the Middle East Force in the Indian Ocean and Arabian (Persian) Gulf. Because the Suez Canal was still mined from the Arab-Israeli warNoa went to the Indian Ocean via the Cape of Good Hope. She transited via Port of Spain, Trinidad, Recife, Brazil, Luanda, Angola, Laurenco Marques (Now Maputo) Mozambique and relieved in Port Louis, Mauritius. During the next months she operated in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Arabian (Persian) Gulf, visiting Diego Garcia, Chagos Archipelago, Diego Suarez Madagascar, Victoria, Seychelles, Djibouti, Mombasa, Kenya, Massawa, (then) Ethiopia Bandar Abbas, Iran. While there she was visited by the Shah. Later ports included Dubai, UAE where the Emir called upon the Captain and toured the ship. Noa’s Landing Party Team won Plaudits from COMMIDEAST for their preparation for and survey of Sir Abu Nu Air. During a mid-deployment visit to Bahrain, the ship underwent upkeep and restocking and enjoyed a visit by several wives of crewmen. She returned to Mayport in June, 1973 after being relieved in Mombasa Kenya.

Noa returned via the same route as her journey into the Middle east. She participated in Bilateral Operations with the Brazilian Navy while in Brazilian waters.

Noa was decommissioned on 31 October 1973. Then she was loaned to the Spanish Navy for less than two years. She was struck from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register on 2 June 1975.

The ship served in the Spanish Navy as Blas de Lezo (D65), named after Adm. Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta (1689–1741). She was sold by the United States to Spain on 17 May 1978. Blas de Lezo was stricken and scrapped in 1991.