USS PIGEON (ASR-21)
The third Pigeon (ASR-21) was laid down 17 July 1968 by the Alabama Dry Dock
and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, Ala.; launched 13 August 1969; sponsored by Mrs.
Allen M. Shinn, wife of Vice Admiral Shinn, Commander Naval Air Force, U.S.
Leader of a new class of submarine rescue
ships designed to operate with the Navy's new deep submergence rescue vehicles,
Pigeon will be the first seagoing
catamaran warship built for the Navy since Robert Fulton's twin-hulled steam
warship Fulton was built at the close
of the War of 1812. Her twin hull gives great stability for deep water
operations and provides ample deck working space. She will be able to carry two
deep submergence vehicles on her main deck. These craft will be capable of
docking to a disabled submarine on the sea bottom, removing survivors and
transporting them to the surface. Pigeon
will also carry the McCann diving bell or rescue chamber which was used to
rescue the survivors of submarine Squalus (SS-192) in 1939. Pigeon's mooring system will enable her
to maintain a precise position over a disabled submarine during rescue
rescue control center will use a 3-dimensional sonar system
for continuous tracking of the rescue vehicle. During rescue operations it will
serve as a floating command post with specialized communications equipment for
contacting the disabled submarine and any other craft, planes or ships working
with her. The submarine rescue capability of this ship will far exceed that of
any previous submarine rescue system.
is to be commissioned late in 1970.
[Note: The above USS PIGEON (ASR-21) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PIGEON (ASR-21), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]