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Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Protector (AGR-11)
USS Protector (YAGR-11) (1957 - 1958)

JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Catalog (P)apa - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal

Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
  • Laid down, 31 January 1945, as SS Warren P. Marks, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2346) at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
  • Launched, 15 March 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 29 March 1945, for operation by Shepard Steamship Co.
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1957 and converted to a Radar Picket Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Commissioned, USS Protector (YAGR-11), 20 February 1957, LCDR. Glen G. Heller USN in command
  • Redesignated (AGR-11), 28 October 1958
  • Decommissioned, 28 July 1965, at Bayonne, N.J.
  • Laid up in the Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, New York
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Towed to Norfolk Naval Shipyard for engine removal (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to All Star Metals, Brownsville, TX., scrapping completed 30 November 2005
    Displacement 11,365 t.(fl)
    Length 441'
    Beam 59'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 11 kts.
    13 officers
    138 enlisted
    two 3"/50 guns
    NSFO, 443,646 gals.
    Diesel, 68,267 gals.
    fresh water, 15,082 gals.
    ballast, 1,326,657 gals fresh water
    single Filer & Stowell Co., of Milwaukee, WI. triple-expansion reciprocating engine,
    two 220psi 250 boilers
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, shp 2,500
    two Ships' Service Generators

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    Protector 104k USS Protector (AGR-11) underway, 12 October 1960, place unknown. Robert M. Cieri
    Protector 165k Ex-USS Protector (AGR-11) laid up in the Hudson River National Defense Reserve Fleet site. date unknown. Russ Padden and Tim Rizzuto
    Protector 75k Ex-USS Protector (AGR-11), at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA, June 1999. Frank McNamara
    USS Watchman (AGR-16) web site
    Protector 110k Ex-USS Protector (AGR-11) awaiting scrapping, 2006. David Nixon
    Protector 50k Ex-USS Protector (AGR-11) plaque. Tommy Trampp

    USS Protector (YAGR-11 / AGR-11)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Heller, Glenn Gettus USN20 February 1957 - 11 February 1959YAGR-11/AGR-11
    02LCDR. Hertzig, Richard Dolan USN11 February 1959 - 15 June 1960YAGR-11/AGR-11
    03LCDR. Noble, Guy Everett USN15 June 1960 - 21 September 1962AGR-11
    04LCDR. Goebel, Jr., Herman Eugene USN21 September 1962 - 12 February 1965AGR-11
    05LCDR. Turnbull, James Robert USN12 February 1965 - 28 July 1965AGR-11
    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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