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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"
    Draft 24'
    Speed 11 kts.
    13 officers
    138 enlisted
    Armament two 3"/50 guns
    Fuel Capacities
    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 boilers
    two Ships Service Generators
    one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp

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    Locator 32k USS Locator (AGR-6) under way off the Pacific coast, date unknown. Photo taken from USS Watchman (AGR-16). Frank McNamara
    USS Watchman (AGR-16) web site
    Locator 51k USS Locator (AGR-6) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Locator 80k USS Locator (AGR-6) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
    Locator 216k 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.
    Mike Green
    Locator 194k 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.
    Mike Green

    USS Locator (YAGR-6 / AGR-6)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Wigner, Frank Arthur USN21 January 1956 - 1 April 1958YAGR-6
    02LCDR. Fields, Thomas USN1 April 1958 - 15 May 1959YAGR-6/AGR-6
    03LCDR. Harrier, John Henry USN15 May 1959 - 26 July 1960AGR-6
    04LCDR. Metschl, John James USN (USNA 1946)26 July 1960 - 9 January 1962AGR-6
    05LCDR. Donovan, James Francis USN9 January 1962 - 6 July 1963AGR-6
    06LCDR. Malone, Roy Wilson USN (USNA 1951)6 July 1963 - 1 July 1965AGR-6
    07LT. Williams, Patrick Henry USN (OIC)1 July 1965 - 9 August 1956AGR-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
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