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USS Skywatcher (AGR-3)
USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3) (1955 - 1958)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (4-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal

Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
  • Laid down as SS Rapheal R. Rivera, 30 November 1944, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2337), at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
  • Launched, 16 January 1945
  • Delivered, 30 January 1945 to the Maritime Commission to be operated by States Marine Lines under a War Shipping Administration (WSA) contract
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 October 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 20 September 1954, for conversion to a Radar Picket Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Commissioned, USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3), 29 March 1955, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., LCDR. John Ante in command
  • Redesignated (AGR-3), 28 September 1958
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1965
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1965
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 December 1970, to Dawood Cord., Ltd., of Karachi, Pakistan, resold to German buyers and again resold. In December 1971 arrived at Santander, Germany for scrapping
    Displacement 7,360 t.(fl)
    Length 441'
    Beam 57'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 11 kts.
    13 officers
    138 enlisted
    Armament two 3"/50 guns
    Fuel Oil, 443,646 gals.
    Diesel, 68,267 gals.
    Fresh Water, 15,082 gals.
    Ballast, 1,326,657 gals fresh water
    two 220 PSI boilers
    one 3 cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine,
    one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
    two Ship's Serice Generators

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    USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3)
    Skywatcher 50k USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1957
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USS Skywatcher (AGR-3)
    Skywatcher 70k USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) underway, date and location unknown. Bob Rowe RD3 Skywatcher 1955 to 1959.
    Skywatcher 260k USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) on station in the North Atlantic, circa May 1962. Photo by Dave Sutherland ET2 Skywatcher 1961 to 1963.

    USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3 / AGR-3)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Ante, John29 March 1955 - ?YAGR-3
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
    Online Air Defense Radar Museum
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