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USS Outpost (AGR-10)
USS Outpost (YAGR-10) (1957 - 1958)

JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Bedrock (J)uliet - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal (5-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)

Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 April 1945 as SS Francis J. O'Gara, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull (Boxed Aircraft Transport), under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3140), at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
  • Launched, 8 June 1945
  • Delivered, 30 June 1945, to the Maritime Commission to be operated under a WSA contract by Calmer Steamship Corp.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission 4 June 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N.Y.
  • Returned to commercial service from 28 January 1947 until 14 January 1948, operated by the Waterman Steamship Co. and then the South Atlantic Steamship Co.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 20 January 1948 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 22 May 1956, for conversion to a Radar Picket Ship at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Commissioned, USS Outpost (YAGR-10), 6 February 1957, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, LCDR. John L. Murphy USN in command
  • Redesignated (AGR-10), 28 September 1958
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1965
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N.Y.
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 17 February 1971 for scrapping at Bilbao, Spain
    Displacement 11,365 t.(fl)
    Length 441'
    Beam 59'
    Draft 22'
    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
    Filer & Stowell Co., of Milwaukee, WI. three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine,
    Single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller
    Shaft Horsepower, 2,500
    Two electric generators

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    SS Francis J. O'Gara (MCE hull 3140)
    Outpost 62k SS Francis J. O'Gara launching at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL., 8 June 1945. David Nixon
    USS Outpost (YAGR 10)
    310k Outpost (YAGR-10) and Vigil (YAGR-12) conversion to radar station ships are almost complete, 13 October 1956, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA. Mike Green
    Outpost 65k USS Outpost (YAGR-10) under way, circa 1957, location unknown.
    Photo from World War II U.S. Navy Armed Guard and World War II U.S. Merchant Marine web site.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Outpost (AGR 10)
    Outpost 43k Aerial view of USS Outpost (AGR-10) underway, 19 June 1963, location unknown. Robert M. Cieri

    USS Outpost (YAGR-10 / AGR-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Murphy, John, Leslie USN6 February 1957 - 1958YAGR-10
    02LCDR. Jones, Howard Whittle, USN1958 - 13 May 1960YAGR/10.AGR-10
    03LCDR. Horn, Francis Raymond, USN13 May 1960 - 7 May 1963AGR-10
    04LCDR. Hamblin, Robert Nelson, USN7 May 1963 - 1 July 1965AGR-10
    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
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