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USS GUARDIAN (AGR-1) - Guardian-class radar picket ship

In Commission 1955 to 1965

AGR-1 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1945 - Keel Date: 20 MAR 1945
MAY 1945 - Launch Date: 8 MAY 1945
FEB 1955 - Commissioned: 1 FEB 1955
JUN 1960 - AUG 1960 Regular Overhaul
JAN 1962 - JAN 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
SEP 1963 - DEC 1963 North Atlantic
OCT 1963 - DEC 1963 North Atlantic
NOV 1963 - JAN 1964 North Atlantic
JUL 1965 - Decommissioned: 28 JUL 1965

AGR-1 General Specifications

Complement: 13 Officers and 138 Enlisted

Displacement: 10760 tons

Length: 441 feet 6 inches

Beam: 56 feet 11 inches

Draft: 24 feet

Flank Speed: 11 knots


Guardian (YAGR-1) was launched as Liberty Ship James Squires 8 May 1945 by J. A. Jones Construction Co., Inc., Panama City, Fla.; sponsored by Mrs. Elisa Broome; and delivered 31 May to Waterman Steamship Co. The ship served until 5 October 1945, when she was placed in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Va. Taken out of reserve in 1954, she was renamed Guardian, converted at Charleston Navy Yard, and commissioned YAGR-1 at Norfolk 1 February 1955, Lt. Comdr. Robert E. Euliss in command.

The first ocean radar station ship put into service by the Navy, Guardian conducted shakedown in Roosevelt Roads, P.R., and surrounding waters, reporting to Newport, R.I., her home port, 2 June 1955. Equipped with highly sensitive radar gear to enable her to detect, track, and report any aircraft penetrating the continental United States, Guardian is attached to the Eastern Continental Air Defense Command. She and her sister ships spend 3 or 4 weeks at a time off the East Coast on radar picket duty, even in the heaviest winter weather in the North Atlantic. In addition to radar picket duty, Guardian has participated in ASW exercises with both American and Canadian naval units and in local operations out of Newport and Key West. Her designation was changed to AGR-1 28 September 1958, and the ship at present remains as a vital part of our Nation's Atlantic defenses.

[Note: The above USS GUARDIAN (AGR-1) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS GUARDIAN (AGR-1), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]