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USS Rigel AF-58

Navy Refrigration Ship, Designed to Unrep food and supplies. Built at Ingells Shipyard, Pascagoula, Mississippi and Commissioned in 1955

Veterans: 3
Latest Activity: May 19, 2014

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Just Checking In

Started by Gary D. Mickle. Last reply by Danny C Day May 19, 2014. 1 Reply

I served aboard the Rigel as an FTG2 / FTG1 from Feb 1974 until we turned it over to the MSCS in July 1975. I also worked the flight deck as an LSE.   I would like to find my old shipmates who served…Continue

Your Stories are Needed

Started by Gary D. Mickle Oct 19, 2013. 0 Replies

All right everyone … Here is your chance to contribute and have your stories published in an upcoming book. I have been asked by one of our veteran’s organizations here in my community to help write…Continue

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Comment by Paul F. Palladeno on February 26, 2010 at 1:06pm
I served aboard the Rigel from September 1959 to October 1961.
She had an entire hold that was refrigerated, allowing us to carry parishable food stuffs.
Her hull boasted a Hurricane Bow, which kept the Bridge Lookouts a bit dryer during the North Atlantic Crossings.
I learned a great deal about Seamanship during my tour with Rigel, everything from the wenches to the Utility boats were state of the art.
We made six Med trips during my tour aboard, and the Ports of Call were equally an experience.

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