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Rigel, U.S. Repair Ship


Photograph of repair ship Rigel

U.S. Navy. Via NavSource.org


Specifications:


Tonnage 9245 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 424' by 54' by 18'
129.2m by 16.4m by 5.5m
Maximum speed       8 knots
Complement 482
Armament 1 5"/51 gun
4 3"/50 AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine (2500 shp)
Bunkerage
1406 tons
Modifications
Armament was eventually upgraded by removing the 5" gun and shipping 4x2 40mm Bofors antiaircraft guns, and 6x2 20mm Oerlikon antiaircraft guns


The Rigel was a United Fruit liner converted in 1922 to a destroyer tender. It was redesignated a repair ship in 1941. Rigel was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack but survived the war.

References

DANFS

NavSource.org (accessed 2010-3-13)

ONI 222 (1945-9-1)



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