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USS Scanner patches; at left 1956 to 1958, at right 1958 to 1963,
contributed by Philip J. Kloss USS Scanner 1955-58 at left 1956-58

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Scanner (AGR-5)
USS Scanner (YAGR-5) (1955 - 1958)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Lima - Hotel
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Naomi (E)cho - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 January 1945, as SS Edwin D. Howard, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2344) at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
  • Launched, 27 February 1945
  • Delivered, 14 March 1945, to the Maritime Commission to be operated under a WSA contract by Alcoa Steamship Co.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 21 November 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 10 June 1955, for conversion to a Radar Picket Ship at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Commissioned, USS Scanner (YAGR-5), 30 January 1956, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., LCDR. Henry H. Pruett USN in command
  • Redesignated (AGR-5), 28 September 1958
  • Decommissioned, 21 July 1965
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 26 July 1965, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1965
  • Permanent custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 4 February 1966
  • Final Disposition, sold for non-transportation use, 3 October 1974, to General Exploration Co., Dallas, TX., fate unknown
    Displacement 10,760 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 24'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 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,
    Shaft Horsepower 2,500
    Electric Generators 2

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    Scanner 105k USS Scanner (YAGR-5) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, 1956 Philip J. Kloss USS Scanner 1955-58
    Scanner 84k USS Scanner (YAGR-5) underway in San Francisco Bay with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the background, 1957 Ronald Bangert USS Scanner
    Scanner 65k USS Scanner (YAGR-5) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1965 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Scanner (YAGR-5 / AGR-5)
    DANFS Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Pruett, Henry Hayworth USN30 January 1956 - September 1956YAGR-5
    02LCDR. Wilbur, Harold Alvin USNSeptember 1956 - 1959YAGR-5/AGR-5
    03LCDR. Shaw Burton Alvin USN1959AGR-5
    04LCDR. Schafer, John Bruce, USN1962AGR-5
    05LCDR. Campion Jr., Robert Francis, USN28 January 1964 - 7 July 1965AGR-5
    06LT. Williams, Patrick Henry, USN (OIC)7 July 1965 - 21 July 1965AGR-5
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
    YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
    Online Air Defense Radar Museum
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