USS Interceptor (AGR-8)
USS Interceptor (AGR-8/YAGR-8) was a Guardian-class radar picket ship acquired by the US Navy in 1955, from the "mothballed" reserve fleet. She was reconfigured as a radar picket ship and assigned to radar picket duty in the North Pacific Ocean as part of the Distant Early Warning Line.
USS Interceptor (YAGR-8), ex-Edward W. Burton, moored pierside at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, S.C., c. 1955-56.
|Name:||Edward W. Burton|
|Namesake:||Edward W. Burton|
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator:||R.A.Nichol & Co.Inc.|
|Ordered:||as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 3147|
|Builder:||J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida|
|Laid down:||10 July 1945|
|Launched:||12 September 1945|
|Sponsored by:||Miss Juanita M. Kaylor|
|Completed:||28 September 1945|
|Fate:||Acquired by US Navy, 28 June 1955|
|Namesake:||One who intercepts|
|Commissioned:||15 February 1956|
|Decommissioned:||5 July 1965|
|Reclassified:||Guardian-class radar picket ship|
|Refit:||Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Stricken:||1 September 1965|
|Homeport:||San Francisco, California|
|Fate:||Scrapped, 16 February 1978|
|Class and type:||
|Beam:||57 feet (17 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft 9.25 in (8.4646 m)|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
|Capacity:||490,000 cubic feet (13,875 m3) (bale)|
|General characteristics (US Navy refit)|
|Class and type:||Guardian-class radar picket ship|
|Armament:||2 × 3 inches (76 mm)/50 caliber guns|
Interceptor (YAGR-8) was laid down on 10 July 1945, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 3147, as the Liberty Ship Edward W. Burton, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida. She was launched 12 September 1945; sponsored by Miss Juanita M. Kaylor; and delivered to T.J. Stevenson & Co., 8 November 1945.
Acquired by the Navy, 28 June 1955, the ship was converted to a radar picket ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina, and commissioned Interceptor (YAGR-8), 15 February 1956, Lieutenant Commander Boyd Lorenzo Hall in command.
Interceptor was designed to carry the latest in long-range radar and communications equipment and to act as an ocean radar station ship. Following shakedown training she sailed from Charleston, 17 March 1956, en route to her new home port, San Francisco, California.
Arriving via the Panama Canal, 11 April, the ship began a regular cycle of 3– to 4–week at–sea periods as a picket ship under the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD). Operating with search aircraft, Interceptor could detect, track, and report aircraft at great distances as well as control interceptor aircraft in the event of an air attack on the United States.
Patrolling off the coast of Canada, she formed an integral part of North America's air early warning system. Reclassified AGR-8, radar picket ship, 28 September 1958, Interceptor, for the next 7 years, operated with NORAD, in forming an important link in the nation's defenses.
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- Photo gallery of USS Interceptor at NavSource Naval History