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Left patch contributed by Mike Smolinski, right patch contributed by Bill Bossert, USS Tracer AGR-15

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Tracer (AGR-15)
USS Interrupter (AGR-15) (1958 - 1959)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - November - Tango - Sierra
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Incident (T)ango - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal

Guardian Class Radar Picket Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 December 1944, as SS William J. Riddle, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2340), at J, A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL
  • Launched, 31 January 1945
  • Delivered and accepted, 15 February 1945 by the War Shipping Administration, at Panama City, FL.
  • Simultaneously turned over to Moore McCormack Lines, Inc. for operation under General Agency Agreement
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 16 December 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Leased to Waterman SS. Corp., 29 January 1947 under a General Agency Agreement and bare bottom charter .
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 29 October 1947, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 21 May 1957, (title transfer) for conversion to a Radar Picket Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Commissioned, USS Interrupter (AGR-15), 16 October 1958, at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., LCDR. George S. Harrison USN in command
  • Renamed USS Tracer (AGR-15), 4 September 1959
  • Returned to Maritime Administration custody, 16 August 1965, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA>
  • Decommissioned, 7 July 1965
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1965
  • Permanent transfer to the Maritime Administration, at Suisun Bay, 4 February 1966
  • Sold, 15 July 1974, by MARAD to Walco Vessels Ltd., for non-transportation use (PD-X-979 dated 5 June 1974) for $210,010.00, withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, 1 August 1974
  • Placed in commercial service as a fish processing plant at Unalaska, AK, renamed Unisea
  • Final Disposition, towed to China in 2000 for scrapping
    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 Tracer (AGR-15)
    Tracer 17k USS Tracer (AGR-15) underway, date and location unknown. Bill Bossert
    Tracer 128k USS Tracer (AGR-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1964 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Tracer 108k Ex-USS Tracer (AGR-15) being moved by tugs from Mare Island Naval Shipyard to the National Defense Reserve Fleet anchorage at Suisun Bay, Benecia CA. after being deactivated in 1965. David Nixon
    Commercial Service
    Tracer 193k Ex-USS Tracer (AGR-15) in September 1974, location unknown, after being converted into an Alaskan waters crab processing ship.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 89309
    Mike Green
    Tracer 107k Ex-USS Tracer (AGR-15) in commercial service as Unisea, a fish processing plant at Unalaska, AK. date unknown. David Nixon

    USS Interrupter / Tracer (AGR-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Harrison, George Seymour, USN16 October 1958 - 26 March 1959
    02LCDR. Wootton, William Turnor, USN (USNA 1944)26 March 1959 - 22 July 1960
    03LCDR. Asmundson, Franklin John, USN22 July 1960 - 5 November 1961
    04LCDR. Reid, Albert Roy, USN5 November 1961 - 6 March 1964
    05LCDR. Barney, Glenn Palmer, USN (USNA 1951) 6 March 1964 - 7 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
    USS Tracer AGR-15
    YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
    Online Air Defense Radar Museum
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