A Ship picture that is represented by the ship name - PIGEON (ASR-21)
Year Built
Official Number
Ship Yard
Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company
General Type
Not Assigned
Specific Type
Not Assigned
Ship Length
251.0 feet
86.00 feet
Mast Height
Net Tons
Gross Tons
Cargo Capacity
Draft, Summer
21.00 tons
Draft, Lightweight
21.0 tons
Displacement, Summer
3411 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
3356 tons
Immersion, Summer
Immersion, Lightweight

Historical Narrative

USS Pigeon was the lead ship of its class of submarine rescue ships.  The ship was laid down on July 17, 1968 by the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, Alabama.  It was launched on August 13, 1969, and commissioned on April 28, 1973.

This new class of submarine rescue ships was designed to operate with the Navy's new deep submergence rescue vehicles. The twin hull provided excellent stability for deep water operations and provided generous space for working on deck.   The ship could carry two deep submergence vehicles on its main deck and when necessary, could dock to a disabled submarine on the sea bottom, remove survivors, and transport them to the surface.

Pigeon also carried the McCann diving bell, or rescue chamber, which was used to rescue the survivors of the submarine Squalus (SS-192) in 1939.

Pigeon was decommissioned on August 31, 1992 and entered the Maritime Administration’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on September 4, 1992. The ship was sold for dismantlement and departed the fleet on Januray 9, 2012.

The Maritime Administration completed a National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessment for Pigeon which includes a narrative history of the vessel.  It can be viewed in the Documents section.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry for USS Pigeon.


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Historical Documents
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Event: Entry
Date: 9/4/1992

Entered Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
Event: Disposition
Date: 2/7/1996

Event: Withdrawaal
Date: 2/7/1996

Sold for scrap to Pegasus, Inc. Sale eventually failed.
Event: Entry
Date: 5/12/1998

Returned to fleet after failed scrap sale
Event: Acquisition
Date: 12/18/1998

Title transferred from US Navy to MARAD, for disposal
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/23/2001

Depart due to loan as training platform
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/26/2001

Long term MOA w. Chief Naval Ed & Trng
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/8/2005

Return from Navy training platform use in San Diego, CA
Event: Withdrawal
Date: 1/9/2012

Departed under domestic sale contract with International Shipbreaking LTD. in Brownsville, TX.

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