Submarine rescue ship USS Ortolan (ASR-22)

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Basic information

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Fate:
Awarded for scrapping, 3 July 2009

Ship measurements

Displacement:
4,267 t
Length:
77 m
Beam:
26 m
Draft:
5.8 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 4 * diesel engines
Speed:
15 knots

Personnel

Complement:
139

Combat assets

Armament:
  • 2 * 20 mm guns
Aircraft:
  • Helicopter platform only

The USS Ortolan (ASR-22), a submarine rescue vessel with twin hulls, was initiated on August 28, 1968, at the Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company in Mobile, Alabama. Its launch took place on September 10, 1969, and it was christened by Mrs. Nels C. Johnson before being officially commissioned on July 14, 1973.

Ortolan was specifically engineered to handle the Mystic-class deep submergence rescue vehicles and marked the conclusion as the second and final craft of the Pigeon class constructed by the United States Navy.

It ceased active duty on March 30, 1995, and was stationed at the James River reserve fleet in Fort Eustis, Virginia, awaiting a final decision regarding its disposal method.

As part of a recycling agreement, Ortolan was assigned to Esco Marine of Brownsville, Texas, on July 3, 2009. Subsequently, it departed from the James River Reserve Fleet on July 20, 2009, heading for the recycling process.

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