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USS Interceptor (AGR-8)
USS Interceptor (YAGR-8) (1956 - 1958)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Yankee
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Nevada (H)otel - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 July 1945, as SS Edward W. Burton, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3147) at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
  • Launched, 12 September 1945
  • Delivered, 8 November 1945, to the War Shipping Administration to be operated under contract by T..J. Stevenson & Co.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 20 June 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, DE.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 28 June 1955
  • Converted to a Radar Picket Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Commissioned, USS Interceptor (YAGR-8), 15 February 1956 at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR. Boyd L. Hall USN in command
  • Redesignated (AGR-8), 28 September 1958
  • Decommissioned, 5 July 1965
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1965
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, 16 February 1978
    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
    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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    Interceptor 89k USS Interceptor (YAGR-8) moored pierside at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., circa 1955-56.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1956
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Interceptor (YAGR-8 / AGR-8)
    DANFS Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hall, Boyd Lorenzo USN15 February 1956 - 1958YAGR-8
    02LCDR. Alexander, Clifford Fielding USN1958 - 6 March 1959YAGR-8/AGR-8
    03LCDR. Peters, John Victor USN (41)6 March 1959 - 12 July 1960AGR-8
    04LCDR. Robinson, Gordon Edward, LCDR (46)12 July 1960 - 15 August 1962AGR-8
    05LCDR. Previati Jr., Louis Joseph, LCDR USN15 August 1962 - 27 May 1964AGR-8
    06LCDR. West, Gordon Raymond, USN (MMA 1945)27 May 1964 - 5 February 1965AGR-8
    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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