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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
USS Locator (AGR-6)
USS Locator (YAGR-6) (1956 - 1958)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Romeo - Whiskey
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Retain (W)hiskey - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
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 USN 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.
Armament two 3"/50 guns
Fuel Oil, 8,066 Bbls.
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,
two Ships Service Generators
one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Locator (AGR-6) under way off the Pacific coast, date unknown. Photo taken from USS Watchman (AGR-16).
USS Watchman (AGR-16) web site
||USS Locator (AGR-6) under way, 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 (AGR-6) moor pierside at Vancouver BC, 12 July 1960.
City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-5728, by Walter E. Frost.
||USS Locator (AGR-6) preparing to moor pierside at Vancouver BC, 5 August 1964.
City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-3-: CVA 447-5728.1, by Walter E. Frost.
USS Locator (YAGR-6 / AGR-6)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Wigner, Frank Arthur USN||21 January 1956 - 1 April 1958||YAGR-6|
|02||LCDR. Fields, Thomas USN||1 April 1958 - 15 May 1959||YAGR-6/AGR-6|
|03||LCDR. Harrier, John Henry USN||15 May 1959 - 26 July 1960||AGR-6|
|04||LCDR. Metschl, John James USN (USNA 1946)||26 July 1960 - 9 January 1962||AGR-6|
|05||LCDR. Donovan, James Francis USN||9 January 1962 - 6 July 1963||AGR-6|
|06||LCDR. Malone, Roy Wilson USN (USNA 1951)||6 July 1963 - 1 July 1965||AGR-6|
|07||LT. Williams, Patrick Henry USN (OIC)||1 July 1965 - 9 August 1956||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
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
Online Air Defense Radar Museum
Last Updated 22 July 2016
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