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USS Little Rock at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park | by William Wilson 1974
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USS Little Rock at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park

Construction and Commissioning

Little Rock was laid down by Cramp Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, Pa., 6 March 1943; launched 27 August 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Sam Wassell; and commissioned 17 June 1945, Capt. William E. Miller in command.


Service history


After shakedown off Cuba and training along the Atlantic coast, Little Rock departed Newport, R.I., 21 October for South America. Following this five-month cruise to Latin countries, the cruiser returned Norfolk 23 March 1946. For the next two months she performed exercises off the east coast and in the Caribbean, before sailing for Europe 4 June. After operating with the 6th Fleet throughout the summer. Little Rock returned Norfolk 27 September 1946.


From September 1946 to 1949, the cruiser performed east coast exercises; operated in the Caribbean on training maneuvers; and sailed to the Mediterranean during 1947 and 1948. Little Rock decommissioned 24 June 1949 and joined the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at New York.


Commanding Officers of CL-92

Capt. William E. Miller (14 Jun 1945 - 07 Jul 1946)

Capt. Henri H. Smith-Hutton (07 Jul 1946 - 10 Mar 1947)

Capt. Francis J. Mee (10 Mar 1947 - 04 Jan 1948)

Capt. William D. Wright (04 Jan 1948 - 24 May 1948)

Capt. Henry G. Moran (24 May 1948 - 13 May 1949)

Cdr. Richard S. Craighill (13 May 1949 - 24 Jun 1949)

Converted to guided missile cruiser

Reclassified CLG-4 on 23 May 1957, Little Rock began a major conversion to a guided missile light cruiser of the. This refit included replacing the after six-inch turrets with a Talos missile battery. She recommissioned at Philadelphia 3 June 1960, Capt. J. O. Phillips in command. The cruiser performed shakedown training in the Caribbean, test-firing her Talos missiles to prepare to join the Navy's rapidly expanding fleet of ships armed with guided missiles capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.

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