USS GUARDIAN (AGR-1)
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.
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]