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USS Picket (AGR-7)
USS Picket (YAGR-7) (1956 - 1958)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Yankee
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Jigger (X)ray - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal
Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
Laid down, 28 March 1945, as SS James F. Harrell, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3138) at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
Launched, 17 May 1945
Delivered, 11 June 1945 to the Maritime Commission to be operated under a WSA contract by Alcoa Steamship Lines from June to October 1945
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 6 October 1945 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Re-activated in January 1947 and chartered U.S. Navigation Co., Baltimore, MD, from January 1947 to August 1948
Chartered by Boland and Cornelius Co., New York, N.Y. in August 1948
Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, DL., from 29 August 1948 to 11 July 1955.
Acquired by the Navy, 12 July 1955, for conversion to a Radar Picket Ship at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
Commissioned, USS Picket (YAGR-7), 8 February 1956, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
Redesignated (AGR-7), 28 September 1958
Decommissioned, 30 July 1965
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1965
Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold by MARAD for scrapping in 1978
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 Picket (YAGR-7)
||USS Picket (YAGR-7) docking at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 13 April 1956 with the assistance of Satanta (YTM 270).
US Navy photo # 28941 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
||USS Picket (YAGR-7) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1956 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Picket (YAGR-7) underway in San Francisco Bay, 1958.
||Robert M. Cieri
|USS Picket (AGR-7)
||USS Picket (AGR-7) underway, date and location unknown.
||USS Picket (AGR-7) underway off San Francisco, CA., date unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1964 issue.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Picket (AGR-7) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
USS Picket (YAGR-7 / AGR-7)
DANFS Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Antink, Joseph Richard, USN||8 February 1956 - ?||YAGR-7|
|03||LCDR. Bodamer, Robert Earl||April 1959 - November 1960||AGR-7|
|04||LCDR. Stewart, Rodney Lee, USN||November 1960 - ?||AGR-7|
|06||LCDR. Jaeger, Adolphus Frederick, USN||14 October 1962 - 2 November 1964||AGR-7|
|07||LCDR. Jones, Carol William, USN||2 November 1964 - 7 July 1965||AGR-7|
|08||LT. Williams, Patrick Henr||7 July 1965 - 30 July 1965||AGR-7|
|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 10 July 2015
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