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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
Contributed by Al Grazevich
USS Skywatcher (AGR-3)
USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3) (1955 - 1958)
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Slave Driver (J)uliet - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (4-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal
Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
Laid down as SS Rafeal 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 Jr. USN 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)
Speed 11 kts.
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 Service Generators
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|USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3)
||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)
||Aerial view of Boston Navy Yard, looking Southwest, 1 April 1960. Photo taken by a helicopter from Naval Air Station South Weymouth. Ships and Craft present:
U.S. Navy photo, Boston NHP Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10111)
||Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
||USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) underway, date and location unknown.
||Bob Rowe RD3 Skywatcher 1955 to 1959.
||USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) on station in the North Atlantic, circa May 1962.
||Photo by Dave Sutherland ET2 Skywatcher 1961 to 1963.
||USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) moored outboard of
USS Investigator (AGR-9), date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
||Left to right: Ex-USS Investigator (AGR-9), ex-USS Skywatcher (AGR-3)
and ex-USS Vigil (AGR-12)
laid up in the Hudson River National Defense Reserve Fleet, date unknown
||Russ Padden and Tim Rizzuto
USS Skywatcher (YAGR-3 / AGR-3)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Ante Jr., John USN||29 March 1955 - 15 June 1956||YAGR-3|
|02||LCDR. Jackson, Floyd Frederic USNR||15 June 1956 - 24 April 1958 ||YAGR-3|
|03||LCDR. Leedy, Gerald Floyd USN||24 April 1958 - 7 December 1959||YAGR-3/AGR-3|
|04||LCDR. McVicker, Robert Joseph USN||7 December 1959 - 12 September 1961||AGR-3|
|05||LCDR. Brogan, Arnold Herbert USN||12 September 1961 - 22 February 1964||AGR-3|
|06||LCDR. Strong, William Leroy, USN||22 February 1964 - 29 March 1965||AGR-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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