USS Little Rock

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


Cleveland Cruiser/Galveston Guided Missile Cruiser

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)

The second USS Little Rock is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship. The keel was laid on June 27, 2013 in Marinette, Wisconsin, and was launched on July 18, 2015. Little Rock is yet to be commission.