USS Lookout (YAGR-2)
|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|
|Type:||Guardian-class radar picket ship|
|Tons burthen:||8,760 tons|
|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;|
|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 in (76 mm) 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
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
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.
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.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - YAGR / AGR-2 Lookout