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Rigel (AF 58) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Rigel (AF 58)

With the Sixth Fleeet circa 1956 in her original configuration with four twin 3"/50 gun mounts on the centerline.

Photo No. 80-G-1017252
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Rigel (AF 58) circa 1956
USS Vega (AF 59)

Photographed by USS Midway on 20 July 1962 with her original armament and with the port half of an experimental M-frame between the forward kingpost pairs. This was installed to test the rig designed for the Sacramento (AOE 1) class and was then briefly retained for operational use.

Photo No. USN 1114919
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Vega (AF 59) on 20 July 1962
USS Vega (AF 59)

Alongside USS Ranger (CVA 61) on 15 May 1963 after removal of the experimental M-frame but before receiving a helicopter deck aft.

Photo No. USN 1087128
Source: Shipscribe

  USS Vega (AF 59) on 15 May 1963
USS Rigel (AF 58)

After replacement of the stern 3"/50 gun mounts in 1963 by a helicopter deck for vertical replenishment.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Rigel (AF 58)
USS Vega (AF 59)

After replacement of the stern 3"/50 gun mounts in 1969 by a helicopter deck for vertical replenishment.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-164)

  USS Vega (AF 59)
USNS Rigel (T-AF 58)

In the Mediterranean in 1987 as a civilian-manned MSC ship without armament.

Photo No. DN-ST-88-04173
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG 330)

  USNS Rigel (T-AF 58) in 1987