USS Vega (AF-59) was a Rigel-class stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy. Her task was to carry stores, refrigerated items, and equipment to ships in the fleet, and to remote stations and staging areas. She served during the entire Vietnam War and returned home proudly with numerous battle stars and commendations.
The third ship to be named Vega by the Navy, AF-59 was laid down on 7 June 1954 at Pascagoula, Mississippi, by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 28 April 1955; sponsored by Mrs. Theodore C. Lonnquest; and commissioned on 10 November 1955, Capt. Floyd T. Thompson in command.
Displacement: 15,150 tons(fl)
Length: 502 ft (153 m)
Beam: 72 ft (22 m)
Draught: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Propulsion: 600psi cross compound steam turbine, single propeller
Speed: 21 kts.
Complement: 350 (USS crew)
Armament: four dual mount 3″/50 gun mounts