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Lookout

 

A careful watching for someone or something.

 

(YAGR‑2: dp. 8,760 (lt.); l. 441'; b. 57'; dr. 27'; s. 12.5 k. cpl. 151; a. 3 3"; cl. Guardian; T.Z‑EC2‑S‑C5)

 

Lookout (YAGR‑2) was laid down by J. A. Construction Co., Panama City, Fla., as SS Claude B. Kitchin 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, S.C., 5 March 1955, Lt. Comdr. Theodore E. Kreuger in command.

 

After shakedown off Newport, R.I., Lookout was assigned to radar picket duty in the 1st Naval District. From 1956 to 1965 she operated on the Atlantic 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 20 to 30 days at sea were alternated with inport replenishment at Davisville, R.I.

 

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, N.J., 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, N.Y., where she remains into 1969.