19/05/09: U.S.S. Little Rock, Buffalo New York
USS LITTLE ROCK
CL-92, Later CLG-4
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
Complement: 1,100 enlisted; 150 officers; 150 Marines
Cleveland class cruiser, later converted to Little Rock class guided missile cruiser. Launched August 27, 1944 and then commissioned June 17, 1945 at Cramp Shipbuilding Company, Philadelphia, PA.
Converted in 1960 at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, NJ. Decommissioned November 1976.
The Little Rock was the first ship to bear the name of Little Rock, Arkansas. The only guided missile 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 total). The Little Rock made four cruises to the Mediterranean and two to the North Atlantic. She served with distinction as flagship for both the Second and Sixth fleets.
USS Little Rock is now on display at this park and plays active parts in educational and entertaining activities such as overnight encampment programs and other events.