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USS Watchman (AGR-16)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Victor - Delta
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Revlon (M)ike - 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, 17 January 1945, as SS Vernon S. Wood, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2343), at J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, FL.
  • Launched, 20 February 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 7 March 1945, to be operated by Overlakes Freight Co. under a Maritime Commission contract
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission in 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1958 and converted to a Radar Picket Ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Commissioned, USS Watchman (AGR-16), 5 January 1959, LCDR Irvin Boaz USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 7 July 1965
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1965
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 3 October 1974 to American Ship Dismantlers
    Displacement 11,365 t.(fl)
    Length 441'
    Beam 59'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 13 officers, 138 enlisted
    Armament two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    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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    Watchman 83k USS Watchman (AGR-16), entering San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Frank McNamara
    USS Watchman (AGR-16) Web Site
    Watchman 13k USS Watchman (AGR-16) underway, date and location unknown. Bill Bossert USS Tracer
    Watchman 67k USS Watchman (AGR-16) underway, circa 1960, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy W.H. Davis.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Watchman (AGR-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Boaz, Irvin, USN5 January 1959 - 23 January 1960
    02LT. West, Frederick Powell, USN (XOinC)23 January 1960 - 26 February 1960
    03LCDR. Tuttle, John Sherwood, USN26 February 1960 - 10 June 1961
    04LT. Jefferis, Lawrence Richard (Jim), USN (XOinC)10 June 1961 - 17 August 1961
    05LCDR. Tuttle, John Sherwood, USN17 August 1961 - 2 May 1962
    06LCDR. Lawson, Kent Winfred, USN, USNA (1948-A)2 May 1962 - 1 June 1963
    07LCDR. Cheatham, Augustus Barrett USN (USNA 1952)1 June 1963 - 7 September 1965
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    USS Watchman Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Frank McNamara
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Watchman (AGR-16)
    YAGR's (Radar Picket Ships) Association
    Online Air Defense Radar Museum
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