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USS Interpreter (AGR-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Romeo - Uniform
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Charot (I)ndia - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 January 1945, as SS Dudley H. Thomas, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2341), at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
  • Launched, 8 February 1945
  • Delivered, 21 February 1945 to the Maritime Commission to be operated, by Merchants and Miners Transportation Co., Boston, MA., under contract to the WSA
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration in 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 5 June 1957
  • Converted to a Radar Picket Ship at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Commissioned, USS Interpreter (AGR-14), 29 September 1958, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, CDR. John S. Craft USN in command
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1965 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 4 November 1974
    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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    USS Interpreter (AGR-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Craft, John Sherwood, USN29 September 1958 - 16 January 1959
    02CDR. Martin, William John, USN16 January 1959 - 25 January 1961
    03CDR. Richmond, John, USN25 January 1961 - 22 June 1962
    04LCDR. Beatty, Lloyd David, USN16 June 1962 - 24 March 1964
    05LCDR. Biron Sr., Joseph Edward, USN24 March 1964 - 1 July 1965
    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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