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USS ROCKBRIDGE (APA-228 ) - a Haskell-class attack transport

In Commission 1944 to 1949

APA-228 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1944 - Keel Date: 2 SEP 1944
at Kaiser Shipbuilding Company Vancouver Washington
OCT 1944 - Launch Date: 28 OCT 1944
NOV 1944 - Commissioned: 18 NOV 1944
FEB 1945 - MAY 1945 Middle Pacific
FEB 1952 - AUG 1952 Mediterranean
MAR 1956 - OCT 1956 Mediterranean-West Africa
MAR 1956 - OCT 1956 Mediterranean
MAR 1956 - OCT 1956 Mediterranean
SEP 1956 - FEB 1957 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY 1958 - DEC 1958 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL 1958 - DEC 1958 Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 27 AUG 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1959 - MAY 1960 Mediterranean-West Africa
NOV 1959 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1959 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1960 - NOV 1961 Mediterranean-West Africa
APR 1960 - JUN 1960 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1960 - AUG 1961 Mediterranean-Lebanon
NOV 1960 - MAY 1961 Mediterranean
NOV 1960 - MAY 1961 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1962 - JUN 1962 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - NOV 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - NOV 1962 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1964 - MAR 1964 Panama Canal
APR 1964 - OCT 1964 Mediterranean
MAY 1965 - NOV 1965 Mediterranean
SEP 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 1 SEP 1965 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1966 - JAN 1967 Dry Dock
JAN 1967 - FEB 1967 Sea Trials
FEB 1967 - MAR 1967 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1968 - SEP 1968 Mediterranean
NOV 1968 - Decommissioned: 29 NOV 1968

APA-228 General Specifications

Class: Haskell-class attack transport

Complement: 536 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 12450 tons

Length: 455 feet

Beam: 62 feet

Draft: 24 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping 27 May 1969


Attack transport Rockbridge (APA-228) was laid down for the Maritime Commission (MCV hull 674) 2 September 1944 by tbe Kaiser Shipbuilding Co. Vancouver Wash. launched 28 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. C. J. Hearn acquired by the Navy on loan-charter 18 November 1944; and commissioned the same day Capt. William W. Cone in command.

Tbe new attack transport arrived at Pearl Harbor on 4 February 1945 sailed for Iwo Jima on the 20th and operated off that island for 2 weeks. She returned to Seattle Wash. 28 May and on 6 June embarked Army troops for Okinawa. Rockbridge arrived at the Hagushi anchorage 24 July to debark the men and discharge cargo. During the 6 days she spent off Okinawa the ship was harassed by night air attacks but suffered no damage because of the concealing smoke made by all the vessels in the harbor.

Rockbridge was off Ulithi in mid-August when the Japanese surrender was announced. During September and October she made two voyages to Japan with occupation troops and then joined the "Magic Carpet" fleet to bring home servicemen eligible for discharge.

Assigned to Joint Task Force 1 in the spring of 1946 she served as a floating hotel for the crews of target vessels Arkansas (BB-33) New York (BB-34) and Salt Lake City (CA-25) during that summer's atomic bomb tests on Bikini.

Rockbridge was decommissioned 8 March 1947 and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet. After the outbreak of hostilities in Korea she was ordered activated. She recommissioned 23 December 1950 and in May 1951 joined Amphibious Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

>From 1951 to 1968 the transport participated in numerous amphibious training programs at Onslow Beach N.C. Little Creek Va.; Guantanamo Bay Cuba; and Vieques Island P.R.

During her long service she made eight Mediterranean cruises. Highlights included her participation in "Weldfast" a large-scale NATO operation in 1953 standby alert for possible evacuation of U.S. citizens from Egypt during the 1956 Suez Canal nationalization crisis and aid to earthquake victims of Greeee in 1953; and to flood victims in France in 1959.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis in the fall of 1962 Rockbridge carried reinforcements to Guantanamo Bay and returned to the United States for additional troops which she held in combat readiness until December. During July 1966 the transport took part in the production of an amphibious training movie "Boat Group Tactics " filmed in Hampton Roads.

Rockbridge was decommissioned 29 November 1968 struck from the Navy list on 1 December 1968 and sold to Boston Metal Co. Baltimore Md. on 27 May 1969 for scrapping.

For her World War II service Rockbridge received one battle star.

[Note: The above USS ROCKBRIDGE (APA-228) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ROCKBRIDGE (APA-228) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]