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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
Complement: ###
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

58RIGEL13 Aug 1953Ingalls SB, Pascagoula15 Mar 195415 Mar 19552 Sep 1955
59VEGA13 Aug 1953Ingalls SB, Pascagoula24 May 195426 Apr 195510 Nov 1955

AFNameTDecomm/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
58RIGELTr9 Sep 1992/C16 May 19941 Apr 1998MA/TJul 2008
59VEGA29 Apr 197729 Apr 19772 May 1977MA/T21 Dec 1977

Class Notes:
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.

Ship Notes:
58RIGEL36FY 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.
59VEGA37FY 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]

Page Notes:
Compiled: 22 July 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC, NVR, PHS