USS Little Rock (CL-92)

Little Rock as completed, visiting Valparaiso, Chile, in February, 1946. US Navy photo.

Laid Down

USS Little Rock (CL-92) was laid down in March, 1943, as a Cleveland-class light cruiser. Little Rock commissioned on 17 June, 1945, too late for service during World War II. Decommissioned in 1949, she also missed out on Korea, but was converted to a guided missile cruiser in the late 1950s, rejoining the fleet in 1960. Now CLG-4, Little Rock operated primarily in the Mediterranean, serving as flagship, 6th Fleet, in 1963, and covering the Six Day War in 1967. During that deployment, she was called in to cover the stricken USS Liberty, after the latter was attacked by Israeli aircraft. A collision with a Greek destroyer required a major overhaul from 1970-71, and Little Rock eventually decommissioned again in 1976, when the Talos missile system which she was equipped with was phased out. After an engine problem resulted in the death of a crewman, shelving plans to upgrade her again, Little Rock was converted into a museum, and berthed in Buffalo, New York.

Bonus Photos

Little Rock launches a RIM-8 Talos missile in the Mediterranean, May, 1961. Photo in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.