USS Lookout (YAGR-2)

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Name: USS Lookout
Namesake: A careful watching for someone or something
Ordered: as type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, MCE hull 3139
Builder: J. A. Jones Construction Co. Inc., Panama City, Florida
Laid down: 5 April 1945
Launched: 24 May 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. F. D. Burge
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 13 August 1954
Commissioned: 5 March 1955 as USS Lookout (YAGR-2) at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina
Decommissioned: 12 July 1965, at Bayonne, New Jersey
Reclassified: AGR-2, 28 September 1958
Refit: converted to a radar picket ship at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina
Struck: 1 September 1965
Homeport: Davisville, Rhode Island
Fate: scrapped in 1970
General characteristics
Type: Guardian-class radar picket ship
Tons burthen: 8,760 tons
Length: 441'
Beam: 57'
Draft: 27'
Installed power: two Electric Generators
Propulsion: two 220 PSI boilers; one 3 cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine; one 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller; Shaft Horsepower 2,500;
Speed: 10.8 knots
Capacity: Fuel Oil, 443,646 gals; Diesel, 68,267 gals; Fresh Water, 15,082 gals; Ballast, 1,326,657 gals fresh water
Complement: 13 officers, 138 enlisted
Armament: two 3"/50 guns

USS Lookout (YAGR-2/AGR-2) was a Guardian-class radar picket ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1954. She was reconfigured as a radar picket ship and assigned to radar picket duty in the North Atlantic Ocean as part of the Distant Early Warning Line.

Built at Panama City, Florida[edit]

Lookout (YAGR 2) was laid down by J. A. Construction Co., Panama City, Florida, as SS Claude Kitchen 5 April 1945; launched 24 May 1945; sponsored by Mrs. F. D. Burge; acquired by the Navy 13 August 1954; converted; and commissioned at Charleston, South Carolina, 5 March 1955, Lt. Comdr. Theodore E. Kreuger in command.

Radar picket duty[edit]

After shakedown off Newport, Rhode Island, Lookout was assigned to radar picket duty in the 1st Naval District. From 1956 to 1965 she operated on the Atlantic Ocean perimeter of the radar defense net established around the United States to warn of surprise air attack. On 28 September 1958 her classification was changed to AGR-2.

Lookout’s periods of 30 to 40 days at sea were alternated with inport replenishment at Davisville, Rhode Island.

By the time she completed her 10th year of service in the spring of 1965, Lookout had distinguished herself in the defense of the Nation.

Decommissioning[edit]

She arrived Bayonne, New Jersey, 23 June and decommissioned there 12 July 1965. Her name was struck from the Naval Register 1 September 1965. Lookout was transferred to the Maritime Reserve Fleet and was berthed in the Hudson River, New York, where she remained until she was sold for scrap in 1970 to a scrapping firm in Spain.

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