USS Ortolan (ASR-22)

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Career
Name: USS Ortolan
Ordered: 15 November 1967
Builder: Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company, Mobile, Alabama
Laid down: 28 August 1968
Launched: 10 September 1969
Commissioned: 14 July 1973
Decommissioned: 30 March 1995
Struck: 30 March 1995
Fate: Awarded for scrapping, 3 July 2009
General characteristics
Class & type: Pigeon class submarine rescue ship
Displacement: 4,200 long tons (4,267 t)
Length: 251 ft (77 m)
Beam: 86 ft (26 m)
Draft: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Propulsion: 4 diesel engines
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 139 officers and enlisted
Armament: 2 × 20 mm guns
Aviation facilities: Helicopter platform only

USS Ortolan (ASR-22), a twin-hulled submarine rescue ship, was laid down 28 August 1968 by the Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Company, Mobile, Alabama; launched 10 September 1969; sponsored by Mrs. Nels C. Johnson; and was commissioned on 14 July 1973.

Ortolan was designed to operate Mystic-class deep submergence rescue vehicles, and was the second and final vessel of the Pigeon class built by the U.S. Navy.

She was decommissioned on 30 March 1995 and was berthed at the James River Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis, Virginia, awaiting final determination for method of disposal.

On 3 July 2009, the Ortolan was awarded as part of a recycling contract to Esco Marine of Brownsville, Texas. The Ortolan departed the James River Reserve Fleet at 9:50 am on 20 July for recycling.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.


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