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USS Picket (AGR-7)
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USS Picket (YAGR-7) (1956 - 1958)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Yankee
NXNY
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-actived 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, 12July 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, 7 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
    Specifications:
    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
    Capacities
    Fuel Oil, 443,646 gals.
    Diesel, 68,267 gals.
    Fresh Water, 15,082 gals.
    Ballast, 1,326,657 gals fresh water
    Propulsion
    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)
    Picket 310k 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
    Darryl Baker
    Picket 57k USS Picket (YAGR-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1956 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Picket 112k USS Picket (YAGR-7) underway in San Francisco Bay, 1958. Robert M. Cieri
    USS Picket (AGR-7)
    Picket 71k USS Picket (AGR-7) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Higginbotham
    Picket 74k 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 (YAGR-7 / AGR-7)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    03LCDR. Bodamer, Robert EarlApril 1959 - ?AGR-7
    06LCDR. Jones, C. W.? - 7 July 1965AGR-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
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