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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
USS Interceptor (AGR-8)
USS Interceptor (YAGR-8) (1956 - 1958)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Yankee
Voice Call Sign - "Velvet Hotel"
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. B. L. Hall in command
Redesignated (AGR-8), 28 September 1958
Decommissioned, 7 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"
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 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 history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Hall, Boyd Lorenzo||15 February 1956 - ?||YAGR-8|
|03||LCDR. Peters, John Victor||1959 - ?||AGR-8|
|06||LCDR. West, Gordon Ray||27 May 1964 - 7 July 1965||AGR-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
YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
Online Air Defense Radar Museum
Last Updated 5 December 2010
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