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USS Pigeon (ASR 21). She is a catamaran with two widely-separated hulls.
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Class: PIGEON (ASR 21)
Design: SCB Project Nos. 721.67 and 721.68
Displacement (tons): 4,119 light, 4,954 full
Dimensions (feet): 251' oa, 230'wl x 86' x 26' max nav
Armament: none, (1976) 2-20mmS
Accommodations: 10 officers, 183 enlisted
Speed (kts.): 15
Propulsion (HP): 6,000
Machinery: Diesel, 2 screws
|21||PIGEON||15 Nov 1967||Alabama DD/SB||17 Jul 1968||13 Aug 1969||28 Apr 1973|
|22||ORTOLAN||15 Nov 1967||Alabama DD/SB||28 Aug 1968||10 Sep 1969||14 Jul 1973|
|21||PIGEON||31 Aug 1992||31 Aug 1992||18 Dec 1998||MA/T||23 Nov 2011|
|22||ORTOLAN||30 Mar 1995||30 Mar 1995||1 May 1999||MA/T||29 Jun 2009|
On 14 October 1966 the Navy made the case for ASR procurement to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis) arguing that the age of the Navy's World War II-vintage ASRs was of prime concern, of equal importance was their inability to support new equipment. Recent advances in deep submarine rescue, deep saturated diving and major salvage required a ship of greater capability and flexibility than the old ships. Features in the proposed ASR design would include a catamaran hull with 40% greater deck space including a helo platform and better sea-keeping qualities; the ability to support deep saturated diving with facilities for 8 divers, fixed decompression and personnel tranfer capsules; the capability to transport, operate and support two rescue submarines; compatability with portable vans for towed sonar for SAR or major salvage control equipment; and facilities for a Rescue Control Center with underwater communications, tracking and recording. The Navy planned to replace five of the old ASRs with new ships by FY 1972 (one per year in FY 1967-72 except 1970) while retaining a total force of ten, but with the fiscal shortfalls of the end of the 1960s only two new ASRs were ultimately procured (in 1967 and 1968) and four the old ASRs remained in service into the 1990s. Approved characteristics for a Submarine Rescue Vessel (ASR), SCB Project No. 721.67, were promulgated on 22 April 1966 and updated as SCB Project No. 721.68 on 26 May 1967 and as SCB Project No. 721.67 on 28 December 1968 with a final change on 16 September 1975.
|21||PIGEON||FY 1967. Delivered 29 Jan 1972. To MA custody in Suisun Bay (SBRF) 4 Sep 1992. Navy scrap contract 29 Sep 1995 with Pegasus Inc. at the former NSY Mare Island, withdrawn from NDRF 7 Feb 1996 to BU, repossessed 30 Jul 1997 and contract canc., returned to NDRF 15 May 1998. At San Diego 23 Mar 2001 to 4 Aug 2005 as static anti-terrorism training platform for CNET. Replaced by a new building and towed back to SBRF Sep 2005. Departed SBRF 9 Jan 2012 under domestic sale to Int’l Shipbr. LTD, Brownsville.|
|22||ORTOLAN||FY 1968. Delivered 17 May 1972. To MA custody in JRRF 4 Feb 1997. Departed JRRF 20 Jul 2009 for Brownsville under contract of 29 Jun 2009 with ESCO Marine. BU complete 23 Mar 2010.|
Compiled: 2 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021