USS Investigator (AGR-9)
USS Investigator (AGR/YAGR-9) was a Guardian-class radar picket ship, converted from a Liberty Ship, acquired by the US 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.
USS Investigator (AGR-9), underway 11 September 1960, location unknown.
|Name:||Charles A. Draper|
|Namesake:||Charles A. Draper|
|Owner:||War Shipping Administration (WSA)|
|Operator:||Polarus Steamship Co. Inc.|
|Ordered:||as type (EC2-S-C5) hull, MC hull 2336|
|Builder:||J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida|
|Laid down:||28 November 1944|
|Launched:||9 January 1945|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. E. L. Cills|
|Completed:||24 January 1945|
|Fate:||Placed in the, National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Reserve Fleet, Lee Hall, Virginia, 26 October 1945|
|Status:||Acquired by US Navy, 2 July 1956|
|Namesake:||One who makes an inquiry or examination|
|Commissioned:||16 January 1957|
|Decommissioned:||3 March 1965|
|Reclassified:||Guardian-class radar picket ship|
|Refit:||Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina|
|Struck:||1 April 1965|
|Fate:||Placed in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, 1 April 1965|
|Status:||Sold for scrapping, 15 May 1971|
|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|
Investigator (YAGR-9) was laid down on 28 November 1944, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract, MC hull 2336, as the Liberty Ship Charles A. Draper, by J.A. Jones Construction, Panama City, Florida. She was launched 9 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. E. L. Cills; and delivered 24 January 1945, to the Polarus Steamship Co., Inc.
After a brief period of service in 1947, she entered the Reserve Fleet at Mobile, Alabama, until she was acquired by the US Navy, 2 July 1956. She was converted to a radar picket ship at the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, South Carolina, and commissioned Investigator (YAGR-9), 16 January 1957, Lieutenant Commander John Harold Mehus, USN, in command.
Equipped with the latest in air search and tracking systems, the ship conducted her shakedown training in the Caribbean, and departed Guantanamo Bay, for her new home port, Davisville, Rhode Island. Investigator began her operational pattern of three- to four-week cruises in the North Atlantic Ocean as the seaward extension of the Continental Air Defense Command's (CONAD) air early warning system. Operating with search aircraft, she could detect, track, and report aircraft at long ranges, and could control high speed US interceptor aircraft and direct them to targets.
The ship was reclassified AGR-9, effective 28 September 1958. She continued radar picket station duties for CONAD, detecting and tracking inbound airborne objects and controlling jet interceptor aircraft until decommissioned 29 March 1965.
Her name was struck from the Navy List 1 April 1965. She was transferred the same day to the US Maritime Commission (MARCOM) and entered the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, Jones Point, New York, where she remained until sold for scrapping in Spain, 15 May 1971.
Military awards and honors
Investigator's crew was eligible for the following medals:
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