USS Little Rock

USS Little Rock (CL- 92/CLG- 4/CG- 4)


Cleveland Cruiser/Galveston Guided Missile Cruiser Class:


Keel Laid:

March 6, 1943


June 17, 1945


10,670 tons


610 feet


66 feet 4 inches


33 knots


1,395 Officers and Men


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.