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USS Vigil (AGR-12)
USS Vigil (YAGR-12) (1957 - 1958)

JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Discount (U)niform - 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, 14 December 1944, as SS Raymond Van Brogen, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2339) at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL
  • Launched, 27 January 1945
  • Delivered, 10 February 1945, to the Maritime Commission to be operated, by Bull & Co., under contract to the WSA
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration at wars end to be turned over to Waterman Steamship Corp.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission in 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the US Navy in June 1956
  • Converted to a Radar Picket Ship at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Commissioned, USS Vigil (YAGR-12), 5 March 1957, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, LCDR. Stanley Abstetar, USNR, in command
  • Redesignated (AGR-12), 28 September 1958
  • Decommissioned, 3 March 1965
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1965
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold to a Spanish firm for scrapping, 23 November 1970 towed to Bilbao, Spain, 21 December 1970, for scrapping
    Displacement 11,365 t.(fl)
    Length 441'
    Beam 59'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 11 kts.
    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 220psi 250° boilers
    one Filer & Stowell Co., of Milwaukee, WI. three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500SHP
    two Ship's Service Generators

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    USS Vigil (YAGR-12)
    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
    Vigil 33k USS Vigil (YAGR-12) underway, 2 April 1957, off the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Vigil 448k USS Vigil (YAGR-12) underway, 2 April 1957, off the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
    US Navy photo
    Ed Zajkowski
    Vigil 77k USS Vigil (YAGR-12) off Newport, Rhode Island, 22 June 1957.
    US Navy photo # NH 66860, Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Vigil (AGR-12)
    Vigil 25k USS Vigil (AGR-12) underway, date and location unknown. Bill Bossert USS Tracer
    Vigil 98k USS Vigil (AGR-12) underway, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
    Vigil 205k Ex-USS Vigil (AGR-12) laid up in the Hudson River National Defense Reserve Fleet, date unknown Russ Padden and Tim Rizzuto
    Vigil 176k Left to right: Ex-USS Investigator (AGR-9), ex-USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) and ex-USS Vigil (AGR-12) laid up in the Hudson River National Defense Reserve Fleet, date unknown Russ Padden and Tim Rizzuto

    USS Vigil (YAGR-12 / AGR-12)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Abstetar, Stanley, USNR5 March 1957 - 20 November 1858YAGR-12/AGR-12
    02LCDR. Story, Lester Thomas, USN20 November 1958 - 30 December 1959AGR-12
    03LCDR. Still, Raymond Giroux, USN30 December 1959 - 21 November 1961AGR-12
    04LCDR. Rawson, Charles Edward, USN21 November 1961 - 21 June 1963AGR-12
    05LCDR. Hickey, Joseph Patrick, USN21 June 1963 - 3 March 1965AGR-12
    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
    USS Vigil (YAGR-12) Commissioning Program
    YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
    Online Air Defense Radar Museum
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