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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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USS Locator (AGR-6)
USS Locator (YAGR-6) (1956 - 1958)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Whiskey
Voice Call Sign - "Retain Whiskey"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
Laid down, 9 February 1945, as SS Frank O. Peterson, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2347), at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
Launched, 23 March 1945
Delivered, 6 April 1945, to be operated under a WSA contract
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 October 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 Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
Commissioned, USS Locator (YAGR-6), 21 January 1956, LCDR. Frank A. Wigner in command
Redesignated (AGR-6), 28 September 1958
Decommissioned, 9 August 1965
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N.Y.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 January 1975
Displacement 10,760 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
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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||USS Locator (AGR-6) underway off the Pacific coast, date unknown. Photo taken from USS Watchman (AGR-16).
USS Watchman (AGR-16) web site
||USS Locator (AGR-6) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from DANFS
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
||USS Locator (AGR-6) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||Robert M. Cieri
USS Locator (YAGR-6 / AGR-6)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Wigner, Frank A.||21 January 1956 - ?||YAGR-6|
|04||LCDR. Malone, Roy Wilson||no dates||AGR-6|
|06||LCDR. Donovan, James F.||1963 - 7 July 1965||AGR-6|
|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
Last Updated 24 August 2012
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