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USS Picket (YAGR-7)

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USS Picket (YAGR-7)

USS Picket (AGR-7) in 1956
Name: USS Picket
Builder: J. A. Jones Construction Co., Panama City, Florida
Laid down: 28 March 1945, as SS James F. Harrell
Launched: 17 May 1945
Acquired: 12 July 1955
Commissioned: 8 February 1956, as USS Picket (YAGR-7)
Reclassified: AGR-7, 28 September 1958
Struck: 1 September 1965
Fate: Transferred to Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet
Scrapped 1978
General characteristics
Type: Radar picket ship
Displacement: 10,590 long tons (10,760 t) full load
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 137
Armament: 2 × 3"/50 caliber guns

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 Z-EC2-S-C5 type 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 from 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 from 29 August 1948 to 11 July 1955.

Military service

Acquired by the U.S. Navy on 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 was commissioned on 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.


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


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

External links

  • (AGR-7)PicketNavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive: USS
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