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USS Little Rock (CL-92)
USS Little Rock (CL-92) was a Cleveland class light cruiser that entered service too late to participate in the Second World War but that was later converted into a guided missile cruiser (CLG-4) and served with the Mediterranean Fleet.
The Little Rock was laid down on 6 March 1943, launched on 27 August 1944 and commissioned on 17 June 1945. By the time her shakedown cruise was complete the Second World War was over, and she never went to the Pacific. Instead her first cruise was a trip around Latin America, followed by a Caribbean cruise and then her first deployment to the 6th Fleet in European waters, which lasted from 4 June to 27 September 1946. This established the pattern for 1947 and 1948 and in both years she spent some time in the Mediterranean as well as operating off the East Coast and in the Caribbean. She was decommissioned in 1949 and entered the reserve fleet at New York.
In 1957 the Little Rock was chosen for conversion to a Providence class guided missile cruiser. On 23 May 1957 she was reclassified as CLG-4 and after three years of work she was recommissioned on 3 June 1960.
The Little Rock resumed her association with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. Her first post-refit tour was in 1961, and she returned on an annual basis for most of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s. She was finally decommissioned in 1976 after it became clear that her engines needed expensive repairs.
After she was decommissioned the Little Rock was chosen to become a museum ship. She was taken to the Buffalo Naval and Military Museum in 1977 and is there to this day, making her the only surviving member of the Cleveland class.
11,000nm at 15kts
Armour – belt
- armour deck
- conning tower
610ft 1in oa
Twelve 6in/47 guns (four triple turrets)
6 March 1943
27 August 1944
17 June 1945
Stricken but preserved
22 November 1976
USS Little Rock (CL-92) - History
The Little Rock (LCS 9) is the fifth ship in the Freedom-class littoral combat ships and the second ship in the United States Navy to be named after Little Rock, the capital city of Arkansas.
June 27, 2013 The keel authentication ceremony for the LCS 9 was held at Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin.
March 27, 2015 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Little Rock was moved from the Hull Block Erection Building #10 for the first time, mounted on Self Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT's), and completed a 180 degree turn on land before resting at the waterfront of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis.
July 18, PCU Little Rock was christened and launched during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin. Ms. Janee L. Bonner, the wife of former U.S. representative Josiah R. Bonner, Jr., (R-Ala.), served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Kevin W. Ralston is the prospective commanding officer of Rotational LCS Crew 108 and CO of LCS Crew 109 is Cmdr. Paul R. Burkhard.
November 9, 2016 The littoral combat ship departed Marinette shipyard for the first time to conduct Builder's sea trials on Lake Michigan Day-long underway for Bravo trials on Nov. 14.
August 3, 2017 PCU Little Rock (Crew 109), commanded by Cmdr. Todd D. Peters, departed Marinette shipyard for a one-day underway to conduct sea trials, after piersided for nine months Underway again from Aug. 7-8 and Aug. 11-12 Brief underway on Aug. 17 Day-long underway for acceptance trials on Aug. 23.
September 25, U.S. Navy officially accepted delivery of the LCS 9 during a short ceremony at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corp. Shipyard.
December 1, The Little Rock departed Marinette, Wis., for the last time Transited the Strait of Mackinac on Dec. 2 Transited the Detroit River on Dec. 3.
December 4, PCU Little Rock moored at Canalside waterfront in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., in preparation for its commissioning ceremony.
December 16, USS Little Rock was commissioned during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony in Buffalo, New York. This is the first time in the U.S. Navy's 242-year history that a new ship is commissioned just 50 feet from its namesake, the ex-USS Little Rock (CL 92), at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.
December 20, The Little Rock departed Buffalo en route to its homeport of Mayport, Florida Moored at Wharf 16 in Port Colborne, Ontario, to refuel from Dec. 20-21 Transited the Welland Canal on Dec. 21 Entered the St. Lawrence River on Dec. 22 Moored at Snell Lock lower wall in Massena, N.Y., from Dec. 22-23.
December 24, USS Little Rock (Crew 109) moored at Berth 33 in Port of Montreal, Quebec, for an extended visit due to a frozen river Moved to Berth 48 on Jan. 4, 2018 Moved back to Berth 33 on Jan. 16 Moved to Berth M2, MacKay Wharf on Jan. 19 Moved to Berth 52 on March 5 Departed Montreal on March 31.
April 3, LCS 9 moored at HMC Dockyard Jetty NB4 on Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a three-day port visit Moored at Quay Wall East in Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., from April 8-9 Arrived in the Jacksonville Op. Area on April 11.
April 12, USS Little Rock moored at Berth 2, Delta Wharf in its homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Fla., after more than a four-month transit from Marinette, Wis.
April 20, The Little Rock departed Naval Station Mayport for routine operations Moored at Berth 6, Pier 10 in Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from April 23-25 Returned home on April 2? Underway en route to New York on May 20.
May 23, USS Little Rock moored at Homeport Pier in Stapleton, Staten Island, N.Y., for a six-day port visit to participate in the annual Fleet Week New York City.
May 30, The littoral combat ship moored at Pier 16S on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for a brief stop Returned to Mayport on June 1.
June 19, USS Little Rock moved from Wharf D3 to Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport for a brief stop Underway again on July ? Moored at Berth 6, Pier 12 on Naval Station Norfolk from July 6-10 Moored at Wharf D3 on July 16 Underway again on July 2?.
July 27, The Little Rock moored at Berth 5, Pier 4 on Naval Station Norfolk for a one-day port call Moored at deperming crib on Lambert's Point Magnetic Treatment Facility in Norfolk for a brief DEPERM on July 28 Returned home on Aug. ?.
October 4, USS Little Rock moored at Wharf D2 on Naval Station Mayport after underway for Final Contract Trials (FCT).
November 9, The Rotational LCS Crew 115 (Gold), commanded by Cmdr. Tyrone Bush, assumed command of the LCS 9 during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
November 30, Cmdr. Lenard C. Mitchell relieved Cmdr. Todd D. Peters as CO of the LCS Crew 109 (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at the Mayport Beacon.
December ?, The Little Rock entered the dry-dock at BAE Systems Jacksonville Ship Repair facility on Fanning Island, Fla., for a Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).
February 26, 2019 USS Little Rock undocked and moored pierside on BAE Systems shipyard.
June 7, The Rotational LCS Crew 109 (Blue) assumed command of the Little Rock during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
July 19, USS Little Rock moved "dead-stick" from BAE Systems shipyard to Wharf D3 on Naval Station Mayport Brief underway for sea trials on Aug. 9.
September 9, Cmdr. Bradley D. Long relieved Cmdr. Tyrone Bush as CO of the LCS 9 (Gold Crew) during a change-of-command ceremony on Naval Station Mayport.
December 6, The Rotational LCS Crew 115 (Gold) assumed command of the Little Rock during a crew exchange ceremony on board the ship.
December 17, USS Little Rock moored at Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport after a one-day underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area Underway again on Dec. 18 Moored at Wharf D3 on Dec. 19.
January 6, 2020 The Little Rock moved from Delta Wharf to Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport Underway again on Jan. 13 Moored at Wharf D3 on Jan. 15.
January 20, The Little Rock made a brief stop at Wharf C1 before moored at Wharf D3, after a one-day underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area Moved to Wharf C2 for ammo onload on Feb. 5.
February 6, USS Little Rock (Gold), with an embarked Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 Det. 4, departed Mayport for its maiden deployment in the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
February 8, The Little Rock transited southbound, approximately 20 n.m. off the coast of Miami, Florida, just after midnight Transited eastbound, approximately 12 n.m. off the coast of Jardines del Rey, Cuba, just before midnight on Feb. 8 Moored at Bravo Wharf in Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Feb. 10 Moved to Pier A on Feb. 11 Underway on Feb. 14.
February 21, LCS 9 moored again at Pier A on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for a four-week port call to conduct emergent repairs Transited northbound, off the southeast coast of Florida, on March 22 Moored at Wharf D2 in Naval Station Mayport on March 23.
May 8, Cmdr. Brian R. Crosby relieved Cmdr. Lenard C. Mitchell as CO of the LCS Crew 109 (Blue) during a change-of-command ceremony at Ocean Breeze on Naval Station Mayport.
May 26, The Little Rock moved from Delta Wharf to Wharf C2 on Naval Station Mayport to offload ammunition Moved back to Wharf D2 on May 28.
July 31, The Rotational LCS Crew 109 (Blue) assumed command of the Little Rock during a crew exchange ceremony aboard the ship.
August 5, USS Little Rock moved "dead-stick" from Naval Station Mayport to dry-dock on BAE Systems shipyard.
Commissioning of the USS The Sullivans
The United States Navy commissions the Fletcher-class destroyer USS The Sullivans (DD-537), on September 30, 1943. The ship commemorates the tragedy of the five Sullivan brothers (George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, and Albert), descendants of an Irish immigrant, who are killed November 13, 1942 after their ship, USS Juneau (CL-52), is hit by a Japanese torpedo at the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. Only ten of the almost 700 crew survive. This is the greatest military loss by any one American family during World War II. The ship is also the first ship commissioned in the Navy that honors more than one person.
The Sullivans is originally laid down as Putnam on October 10, 1942 at San Francisco by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation. She is initially renamed Sullivan until President Franklin D. Roosevelt changes the name to The Sullivans to clarify that the name honors all five Sullivan brothers. The name is made official on February 6, 1943 and launches on April 4, 1943. The ship is sponsored by Mrs. Thomas F. Sullivan, the mother of the five Sullivan brothers. The Sullivans is commissioned on September 30, 1943 with Commander Kenneth M. Gentry in command.
Following a shakedown cruise, The Sullivans gets underway with USS Dortch (DD-670) and USS Gatling (DD-671) on December 23, 1943, arriving at Pearl Harbor five days later. After service in both World War II and the Korean War, USS The Sullivans is assigned to the United States 6th Fleet and is a training ship until she is decommissioned in 1965.
The Sullivans receives nine service stars for World War II service and two for Korean service. On January 7, 1965, The Sullivans is decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and she remains in reserve into the 1970s. In 1977, she and cruiser USS Little Rock (CL-92) are processed for donation to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York. The ship now serves as a memorial and is open for public tours. The ship is declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
The USS Little Rock CL-92 (CLG-4) is a Guided Missile Cruiser, the only surviving vessel from the Cleveland Class of light cruisers in World War II.
The USS Little Rock CL-92 (CLG-4) is a Guided Missile Cruiser, the only surviving vessel from the Cleveland Class of light cruisers in World War II. CLG-4 is the largest of our vessels here at the Buffalo Naval Park. Constructed in 1945 as a Cleveland Class Cruiser, she was launched too late to see action during WWII. She became a Cold War flagship of the Second Fleet and the Sixth Fleet. She patrolled the Atlantic from the Arctic Circle to South America and was a fixture in the Mediterranean Sea. She was a show of force during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. One of the highlights of the Little Rock is the Admirals Quarters a configuration that was specifically created for a Navy Admiral when he was onboard this flagship. You’ll also see the two bridges, which is very rare in the Navy!
She is the last remaining Cleveland Class Cruiser, and is the only Guided Missile Cruiser on display in the world. As a result, many crew from other “sister” ships come aboard to host reunions and memorials, as it is the closest resemblance to their own ships.
USS Little Rock (CL-92) - History
Class: Cleveland Class Cruiser, later converted to Little Rock Class Guided Missile Cruiser
Launched: August 27, 1944
At: Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commissioned: June 17, 1945
Converted: 1960 at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey
Length: 610 feet
Beam: 66 feet
Draft: 25 feet
Displacement: 10,670 tons
Armament: Two Mk II Talos Missile Launchers three 6-inch guns two 5-inch/38 caliber guns
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The only World War II cruiser on display in the U.S., USS Little Rock is the sole survivor of the Cleveland class, the most numerous of U.S. wartime cruisers (29 vessels completed). Little Rock served with distinction as flagship for both the Second and Sixth fleets. In 1960, she was converted to a Talos missile cruiser, making four cruises to the Mediterranean and two to the North Atlantic.
Little Rock was stricken from the Navy Register in 1976, and acquired by the City of Buffalo in 1977. The ship is now a museum vessel on display at the Naval & Military Park with USS Croaker and USS The Sullivans, as well as PTF-17, a P-39 Bell Aircobra, FJ-4B Fury, M-41 tank, M-84 armored personnel carrier and a UH-1 helicopter.
Little Rock conducts youth group overnight encampments.
Little Rock firing a Talos guided missile, May 1961
USS Little Rock (CL 92)
Decommissioned 24 June 1949.
Recommissioned as a guiden missile cruiser on 3 June 1960.
Decommissioned and stricken on 22 November 1976.
The only World War II cruiser on display in the U.S., USS Little Rock is the sole survivor of the Cleveland class, the most numerous of U.S. wartime cruisers (29 vessels completed). Little Rock served with distinction as flagship for both the Second and Sixth fleets. In 1960, she was converted to a Talos missile cruiser, making four cruises to the Mediterranean and two to the North Atlantic. Little Rock was stricken from the Navy Register in 1976, and was acquired by the City of Buffalo in 1977. The ship is now a museum vessel on display at the Naval & Military Park with USS Croaker. Little Rock conducts youth group overnight encampments.
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USS Little Rock CL 92
1945 - 1947 Cruise Book
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- Sweden, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Naples and Athens
- Crew roster
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- 22 Minute Audio " American Radio Mobilizes the Homefront " WWII (National Archives)
- 22 Minute Audio " Allied Turncoats Broadcast for the Axis Powers " WWII (National Archives)
- 20 Minute Audio of a " 1967 Equator Crossing " (Not this ship but the Ceremony is Traditional)
- 6 Minute Audio of " Sounds of Boot Camp " in the late 50's early 60's
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- The Oath of Enlistment
- The Sailors Creed
- Core Values of the United States Navy
- Military Code of Conduct
- Navy Terminology Origins (8 Pages)
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USS Little Rock
Cleveland Cruiser/Galveston Guided Missile Cruiser Class:
The first USS Little Rock (CL-92), named after Little Rock, Arkansas, was a light cruiser changed into a guided missile cruiser. Commissioned in June of 1945, Little Rock was unable to be involved in the Second World War. Between 1945 and 1949, Little Rock served off of the east coast of the United States and the Caribbean. Little Rock was reassigned to be a part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet due to post-war defense cutbacks.
Little Rock was upgraded to a guided missile cruiser in the late 1950’s, getting major upgrades to its systems and superstructure, to accommodate the missile system. Little Rock was recommissioned in 1960 as Cruiser Light Guided (CLG-4) but was redesignated in 1975 to Cruiser Guided (CG-4). After being recommissioned, Little Rock served extensively in the Mediterranean and was the Flagship of the Sixth Fleet towards the end of its career. Little Rock was decommissioned for the last time in 1976 and was donated to Buffalo, New York.
USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4) is on display at Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, New York.
USS Little Rock (LCS-9)
Class: Freedom-Class Littoral Combat Ship Keel Laid: June 27, 2013 Commissioned: December 16, 2017 Displacement: 3400 Metric Tons Length: 389 Feet Beam: 57 Feet Speed: 40 Knots Complement: 76 Officers and Men
The second USS Little Rock is a Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, one of the newest ships in the navy. The keel was laid on June 2013 and was commissioned in December of 2017. The Littoral Combat ships are known for being versatile in its missions, able to change the ship with different modules depending on the type of mission. During the months leading up to its commissioning, the Officers and crew came to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and spent a few days in the ships name sake, Little Rock, Arkansas. Thanks to the builder, Lockheed Martin, the museum was able to put together an exhibit on Little Rock for the public to enjoy.
USS Little Rock (LCS-9)
The USS Little Rock is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship. The second ship in the U.S. Navy to be named for Little Rock (Pulaski County), the ship joined the fleet officially in 2017.
The Freedom class is designed to operate close to shore in a multipurpose role. The ships measure 378 feet long and over fifty-seven feet wide. Constructed of aluminum and steel, the ships can reach a top speed of forty-seven knots. The ship is manned by a core crew of forty sailors, joined by an aviation crew and mission-specific crewmembers, keeping the total number under 100. The ship is armed with a fifty-seven-millimeter gun, a surface-to-air missile launcher, four .50 caliber machine guns, and two .30 caliber machine guns. The ship will also carry an MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopter and up to two drones. Small boats will also be deployable from the ship.
The Little Rock is the ninth ship of the class, and the keel was laid on June 27, 2013, in Marinette, Wisconsin. The ship, constructed by Marinette Marine at an estimated cost of $360 million, was launched and christened on July 18, 2015. The Navy took delivery of the ship on September 25, 2017. The Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo, New York, on December 16, 2017, after undergoing sea trials. The original USS Little Rock (CL-92) became a museum ship in that city.
A 2021 Department of Defense budget overview recommended the decommissioning of the USS Little Rock and the USS Detroit, two active littoral ships, due to expected repair costs and the need to develop capacity against the warships being deployed by Russia and China.
For additional information:
Moss, Teresa. “Ship Named after LR Faces Decommissioning.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 14, 2021, pp. 1A, 5A. Online at https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/jun/14/ship-named-after-lr-faces-decommissioning/ (accessed June 14, 2021).
Netterstrom, Kristin. “New Warship to Bear Little Rock Name.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, July 16, 2011, pp. 1A, 8A.
Pettit, Emma. “Ceremony Initiates Warship Called LR.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, December 17, 2017, pp. 1A, 9A.
United States Department of Defense. “Navy Announces Christening of Littoral Combat Ship Little Rock.” July 17, 2015. http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/612790 (accessed September 14, 2020).
Wentling, Nikki. “Navy to Christen, Launch USS Little Rock Today.” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, July 18, 2015, pp. 1B, 3B.
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