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USS Rigel (AF 58) circa 1956 (80-G-1017252)
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Class: RIGEL (AF 58)
Design: Buships SCB-57, MA R3-S-4a.
Displacement (tons): #,###
Dimensions (feet): ###.#' x ##.#' x ##.#'
Original Armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: 4-5"/38
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw
|58||RIGEL||13 Aug 1953||Ingalls SB, Pascagoula||15 Mar 1954||15 Mar 1955||2 Sep 1955|
|59||VEGA||13 Aug 1953||Ingalls SB, Pascagoula||24 May 1954||26 Apr 1955||10 Nov 1955|
|58||RIGEL||Tr||9 Sep 1992/C||16 May 1994||1 Apr 1998||MA/T||Jul 2008|
|59||VEGA||29 Apr 1977||29 Apr 1977||2 May 1977||MA/T||21 Dec 1977|
MA hulls 36 and 37 (the first ordered after the Mariners). At the decommissioning ceremony for VEGA in 1977, Commander Service Group One explained that "This type of ship with booms, hatches and masts is doomed." Unlike VEGA, RIGEL found a second career in MSC with her guns and other military equipment removed.
|58||RIGEL||36||FY 1953. Decomm and to MSC 23 Jun 1975. To MA custody 9 Sep 1992, title accepted by MA 1 Apr 1998 for disposal. Transferred back to Navy for disposal as required by the FY2008 Defense Authorization act (with TRUCKEE and KALAMAZOO). Sold by Navy Jul 2008 to All Star Metals, Brownsville, TX. Departed MA custody 28 Aug 2008 enroute Brownsville.|
|59||VEGA||37||FY 1953. [Or keel 7 Jun 1954 and launch 28 Apr 1955, both NVR.] To MA custody 2 May 1977. Sold 21 December 1977 to Union Metals & Alloys for non-transportation use. Reported as having caught fire and burned at Dutch Harbor, Alaska while being converted into a processing ship. [Navsource from N. Mark Evans book Dancing with Disaster.] [BU 1988 at Kaohsiung, PHS]|
Compiled: 22 July 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC, NVR, PHS