USS Picket (YAGR-7)


USS Picket (YAGR-7)

USS "Picket" (YAGR-7/AGR-7) was a radar station ship in the United States Navy.

"Picket" was laid down 28 March 1945 as a Liberty ship, SS "James F. Harrell" (MCE hull 3138] ) by J. A. Jones Construction Co., Panama City, Florida; launched 17 May 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Alice Harrell; and delivered for merchant marine service 11 June 1945.

Merchant Service

As a merchant ship, "James F. Harrell" served Alcoa Steamship Lines June to October 1945. Following assignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Virginia, 6 October 1945 to 31 January 1947, she served U.S. Navigation Co., Baltimore, Maryland, January 1947 to August 1948. Her next merchant duty was for Boland and Cornelius Co., New York, August 1948. "Picket" remained in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington 29 August 1948 to 11 July 1955.

Military Service

Acquired by the U.S. Navy 12 July 1955, and renamed "Picket", the merchant ship was towed to the Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, for conversion to radar station ship YAGR-7. She commissioned 8 February 1956, and was reclassified AGR-7 on 28 September 1958. From 1956 to 1965, "Picket" used her long range radar and communications equipment to serve the North American Air Defense Command. She provided vital radar information on seaward air approaches to the Pacific coast. She spent more than half of 1964 at sea, on various stations 500 to 600 miles off the west coast of the United States and Canada. Her sea tours usually included 30 to 35 days at sea, followed by 15 to 30 days in San Francisco, California, between patrols.

Decommissioning

Struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 September 1965, "Picket" joined the Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, San Francisco, California, where she remained in 1970.

References

ee also

* List of United States Navy ships
* World War II
* List of Liberty ships by hull number, 3001

External links

* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/#Anchor-Editoria-14954 Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]
* [http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html Liberty Ships built by the United States Maritime Commission in World War II]


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