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A Chronological History
of the U.S. Navy Cruiser
U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK
CL92 / CLG4 / CG4


Last updated: 15 Apr 2015

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1957 - 1965

1957     1958     1959     1960     1961     1962     1963     1964     1965




1957





13 Jan
USS LITTLE ROCK CL 92 arrives at New York Ship Building, Camden NJ for conversion preparation.
30 Jan
Conversion commenced to change LITTLE ROCK from Cleveland to Galveston-class CLG configuration.
23 May
LITTLE ROCK CL 92 designation changed to CLG 4.


1958  - 1959





1958 - 1959
Undergoing conversion to Guided Missile Cruiser at New York Shipbuilding Corp. Camden, NJ.
19 Dec 59
Undergoing Inclining Experiments while moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, NJ. (Click HERE for Picture)


1960





27 - 30 Apr
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Undergoing builder's trials.
27 Apr
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Builder's Trials - Conduct Events #1 - #39
28 Apr
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Builder's Trials - Conduct Events #40 - #64
29 Apr
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Builder's Trials - Conduct Events #65 - #79
06 May

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Delivered to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
03 Jun

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USS LITTLE ROCK CLG4 is commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard by Rear Admiral Charles H. Lyman, Commandant of the 4th Naval District. Capt. Jewett O. Phillips  assumes command, and Senator J. William Fulbright (AR) delivers the commissioning address. Also in attendance is Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Materiel, Cecil P. Milne and over 2000 spectators.



Click HERE to see a list of CLG 4 Plankowners
21 Jun
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Albert A. Sevey YN1 becomes first sailor to reenlist on LITTLE ROCK as CLG4.
25 Jun

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Depart Philadelphia NSY for NWS Yorktown, VA.
26 Jun
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Moored at Naval Weapons Station pier to load missile and ammunition.
27 Jun
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Underway for Virginia Capes, Operations Area, Night steaming.
28 Jun
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Conduct test firing and calibration of 5" and 6" guns.
29 Jun


0900
1300
Degaussing Range
Moored at Naval Base, Norfolk, VA
30 - 31 Jun

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Upkeep in port.
01 Aug

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Underway for Virginia Capes, Operations Area. Swing ship. Night steaming.
02 - 04 Aug

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At sea. Electronics calibration.
05 Aug

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Return to Norfolk Naval Base.
06 - 07 Aug

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Upkeep in port.
29 Aug
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Underway off Virginia Capes conducting Talos Missile Slug launches to test for "adequacy of the protection for the TALOS launching system personnel against blast effects and to determine the effects of the booster blast on the ship's structure". USS SHAKORI  (ATF 162) provided high-speed photographic coverage of the booster exhaust stream. Three launches were conducted. (Go to Talos Missile page.)
30 Aug
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Underway off Virginia Capes conducting Talos Missile Slug launches (see above).


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Three additional launches were conducted on 30 Aug 1960. (Go to Talos Missile page.)
05 Sep
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Arrive Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for shakedown cruise training.
?? Sep
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
17 - 19 Sep
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LITTLE ROCK makes her first foreign port of call (as CLG 4) at Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
13 Oct
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At sea. (Picture 1 ) (Picture 2) (Picture 3)
15 Oct
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Depart Guantanamo Bay, for missile firing range. LITTLE ROCK fired eight Talos missiles during the following two-week period
21 Oct
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USS LITTLE ROCK gets a direct hit on a radio-controlled drone at 60 miles. This is the first recorded direct hit by a US Navy ship-launched guided missile.


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LITTLE ROCK receives a 100% for her Missile Operational Readiness.
21 - 23 Oct
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Saint Thomas, VI.
31 Oct - 03 Nov
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Final Acceptance Trials - San Juan, PR
05 Nov
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Depart San Juan, PR for Philadelphia, PA
?? Nov
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Underway (Picture)
11 Nov
1400 Arrive Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for drydocking and approximately two months post-shakedown outfitting. (Picture)
25 Dec
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Christmas in Philadelphia NSY, Philadelphia, PA



1961





01 - 03 Jan
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At Philadelphia NSY, Philadelphia, PA. (Picture)
04 Jan
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Underway for Norfolk, VA. Embark RADM James W. Davis ComCruDesFour.
09 Jan
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Depart Norfolk with ComCruDesFour for U.S. Atlantic Fleet Exercise 1-61
19 Jan
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At sea (Picture)
20 Jan
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Concluded U.S. Atlantic Fleet Exercise 1-61.


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Detached to Philadelphia Naval Base for preparations for Med cruise.
25 Jan
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Capt. Frederic A. Chenault relieves Capt. Jewett O. Phillips
09 Feb
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USS LITTLE ROCK departs Philadelphia, PA for first European cruise as CLG4.
(This is the first major deployment of a Talos guided missile cruiser.)


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USS LITTLE ROCK deployed as Flagship for  COMCRUDIVFOUR.


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Drone Squadron VU6  Lt(jg) F.T. Cunningham, OIC, plus 10 enlisted men embarked.
18 Feb
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Transited Straits of Gibraltar (first time as CLG4)
18 - 20 Feb
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At Pollensa Bay, Island of Mallorca (1st stop in the Med!)


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Attack Carrier Striking Group also present, at anchor.
20 Feb
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Relieved USS DES MOINES CA134 at Pollensa Bay, Mallorca
24 - 26 Feb
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Valletta, Malta (1st port call in the Med!)
03 - 05 Mar
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Naples, Italy
06 - 09 Mar
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Cannes, France.
07 Mar
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At French CERES missile range for missile shoot, however French drone(s) failed to deploy.
Shoot canceled.
09 Mar
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At CERES missile range. Talos intercepts CT20 drone.
This is first Talos launch without civilian technical assistance.
13 Mar
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Steaming toward Gulf of Catania - three Russian “trawlers”
16 Mar
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At sea. Conducting Anti-submarine and Air Defense exercises.
18 Mar
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VADM Anderson ComSixthFlt arrives for overnight visit.
23 Mar
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Transit Dardanelles enroute to Istanbul, Turkey.


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Steaming in company with USS Shangrila CVA38, USS Purvis DD709, and Destroyer Div. 322.
24 - 29 Mar
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Istanbul, Turkey.


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RADM Francis T. Williamson relieves RADM James W. Davis as ComCruDesFour
27 Mar
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Personnel Inspection
31 Mar
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At sea.


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Good Friday Services held on Mess Decks.


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Conducted Electronic Countermeasures exercises.
31 Mar - 03 Apr
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LITTLE ROCK at Izmir, Turkey.
04 - 08 Apr
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Underway with Task Unit 60.2.1.


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USS PURVIS DD-709 uses drone launched from LITTLE ROCK for anti-aircraft firing exercise.
08 Apr
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Istanbul, Turkey
10 - 11 Apr
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Taranto, Italy
14 Apr
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Rota, Spain
16 Apr
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At sea.


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Anti-submarine exercises.


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1300 (approx.) Refuel from USS NANTAHALA AO60.
17 - 19 Apr
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On this day in history....  Cuba "Bay of Pigs" Invasion.
19 Apr
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Rota, Spain
21 - 24 Apr
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At Bordeaux, France as flagship of US 6th Fleet (VADM George W. Martin) for  meeting of European-American Association Council.


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General James "Jumpin Jim" Gavin, US Ambassador to France, visits USS LITTLE ROCK.
25 Apr
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Bay of Biscay - 40 Knot winds & heavy seas with damage to forward areas.


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Operating with ROOSEVELT CVA 42, MULLINNIX DD 944 and several other 6th Fleet destroyers.
01 May
0000 Enroute Cannes, France


0947 Anchor at Golfe de La Napoule, Cannes, France in 37 fathoms.


1100 LT(jg) John Roberts departed for duty with Shore Patrol
01 - 04 May
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LITTLE ROCK at Cannes France - French film festival
04 May
0445 Heaved to short stay on the anchor.


0456 Underway for Ceres Missile Range.


1041 Missile Firing Exercise (Picture) Fired one TALOS Missile.
05 May
0430 Begin transit of Straits of Messina.


0550 Complete transit of Straits of Messina.
07 May
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Gunnery exercises. Expended 24 5”38 rounds.
08 May
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Operation in Ionian Sea


1130 Starboard Motor Whale Boat used to recover drone.


1700 Replenish from USS ALTAIR AKS 32


1850 Rearm from USS SHASTA AE 6


1930 Refuel from USS NANTAHALA AO 60 (186,00 gal of NSO)


2300
Receive fresh provisions from USS ALDEBARAN AF 10
09 May
1202 Launched one (1) KDB drone to port


1253 Recovered drone


1458  5”/38 gun exercise. Expended 20 rounds VTF projectiles.
11 May
1400 Launched drone


1515 Launched drone


1525 Launched drone


1709 Recovered one drone using starboard Motor Whale Boat


1749 Received one drone via highline from USS CONE DD866


1830 Received from USS HAWKINS two drones and two V-2 Division personnel via highline.
14 May
1700 Alongside USS SALAMONIE AO 26
15 May
0800 Anchor in Ormos Falirou, PIRAEUS, GREECE (Athens).


0813
Forward accommodation ladder is badly damaged by the Captain’s gig. Coxswain was unable to reverse engines due to mechanical failure.
16 May
1100 RADM F.T. WILLIAMSON COMCRUDIV 4 broke his flag aboard LITTLE ROCK
19 May
2310 No. 2 Utility Boat fouled its screw and rudder on a wire at Fleet Landing. Boat returned to ship. Extent of damage not known.
20 May
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Thirty-one men from LITTLE ROCK visited the town of Peania just north of Athens where they were welcomed by the mayor and Greek girls dressed in their traditional costumes. The mayor presented CDR Hepfinger a statue of the Greek goddess Athena
21 May
0800 Full Dress Ship in honor of Greek Crown Prince Constantine’s Name Day.


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200 Peanians (*) visit the ship to tour, watch a missile demonstration, and to enjoy an American style snack. LITTLE ROCK presented to the village high school several hundred dollars worth of chemistry and physics lab equipment. (*This most likely refers to people from Paiania a town in the eastern suburbs of Athens.)


Note Thirty-three members of the ship's MARDET and thirteen members of the ComCruDiv band performed while LITTLE ROCK was in Athens. Each of the four performances drew about 1000 spectators.
22 May
0830
Underway from Athens.


1430
"A jet aircraft launched from USS ROOSEVELT crashed about 100 yards ahead of the carrier. USS MULLINNIX DD 944 was directed to undertake rescue of downed pilot...."


1530 USS LITTLE ROCK CLG 4 and USS Laffey DD 724 joined in the search.....
The pilot was never recovered." (See Notes 1, 2, 3. below.)


Ed. Note: (1.)   Records show an aircraft with BuOrd No. 146839 from USS Roosevelt was lost on 22 May 61.
         The records also state "Pilot ejected."  (ed. However the pilot died by drowning.)
(2.)  
A website detailing the ejection history for the F-8 Crusader has:
            
"22 May 1961, USN, Crusader RF-8A, (BuOrd No.)146839, VFP-62, CVA-42,
              USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, LT W. G. Offerman ejected."
(3)    Refer to www.vfp62.com/Offerman_accident.html regarding W.G. Offerman's accident.
23 May
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Steaming with USS LAFFERTY DD 724, USS McCARD DD 822 and
USS CONE DD 866.


0900
Commenced Gun Fire Support exercise. Expended 8 rds. of 6”/47, and 12 rds. of 5”/38.


1100 1130 Swim Call


1621 Man Overboard Drill


2000 Steaming with USS ROOSEVELT CVA 42, USS MULLINEX DD 944, USS HAWKINS DDR 873, and USS TURNER DD 834.
25 May
0840 Refuel from USS SALAMONIE AO 26


1400 Commence full power run


2200 Transit Straits of Messina
26 May
1250 Launched KDB Drone


1300 Commenced Firing Exercise


1330
Completed Firing Exercise. Expended 24 rounds 5”/38 ACC


1622 Recovered drone with #1 Motor Whale Boat


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Item from 26 May 1961 "TALOSMAN" (Vol. II, Number 7): "Miss Nancy Cox of South Hadley Falls, MA is the winner of the MISS LITTLE ROCK contest. Her name was submitted by YNSN Tom Woodward. She will hold the title until 01 May 1962."
27 May
0245 Transit Straits of Bonifacio


0800
Captain’s inspection of personnel


1558 Anchor at Anchorage A-3 in the Rade of Cannes, CANNES, FRANCE
27 May - 09 Jun
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At anchored in Gulfo De La Napoule with USS Roosevelt CVA 42,  USS Salamonie AO 26, USS Shasta AE 6, and destroyers USS Hawkins DD 873, USS Johnson DD 821, and USS Rush DD 714.
29 May
1655 LT(jg) John Roberts returns to ship after duty with Shore Patrol.
08 Jun
1620
 John H. McLaughlin Col. USMC reports on board for TAD assignment with Operation “Helping Hand”


1943 French carrier LAFAYETTE R-96 arrives in Rade of Cannes.
09 Jun
0751 Anchors aweigh.  Underway with USS ROOSEVELT CVA 42.


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Recreation Council approves: $250.00 for the purchase of sixteen sets of basketball uniforms so that the team could participate in the CRULANT tournament on 28 Aug 61.
10 Jun
0645 Replenish from USS ALTAIR AKS 32


0758 Rearm from USS SHASTA AE 6


0944 Refuel from USS SALAMONIE AO 26


1200 Transferred stores from USS HYADES AF 28
11 Jun
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Steaming in company with USS FISKE DDR 842 and USS JOHNSTON DD 821 acting as screens against submarines.
12 Jun
1107
Commenced Firing Exercise. Expended 18 rounds 6”/47 BL and T projectiles and 12 rounds 5”/38 BL and P projectiles.


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The ship's doctor LCDR McClard operated on TN R.E. Esmores (S-5 Division) for acute appendicitis. This was the 8th appendectomy since the LITTLE ROCK went into commission.
13 Jun

Steaming in Tyrrhenian Sea
14 Jun
1629 Swim Call until 1700
15 Jun
1635 Swim Call until 1700
16 Jun
1627 Anchored off coast of Turkey for "Swim Call".


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2nd Division captures a sea bat. About 50 "victims fell prey to the vicious sea monster" including Doctor McClard and ENS Sala.
17 Jun
0830 Sighted and recovered red and white small craft.


0845
Launched helo to take pictures of Captain’s personnel inspection.


0900
Captain’s Inspection


1627 Anchored at ISKENDRUN KORFEZI, TURKEY


1641 Swim Call until 1745
19 Jun
0543
Underway to rendezvous with USS POCONO AGC 16


1600 Anchored at ISKENDRUN KORFEZI, TURKEY
20 Jun
0957 Underway for Firing Area


1301
Commenced drone firing exercise. Ammunition expended 3 ea. 5”/38 VTNF.


1948 Anchor at MERSINA, TURKEY along with USS POCONO AGC 16.


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Captain F.A. Chenault sends a letter to Mr. & Mrs. Oris B. Lollar along with a check for more than $3000.00 to help "offset some of the expenses" associated with the care of their son Peter.
22 Jun
1130 Swim Call until 1200. (Water temperature 79°F)


1450 Raise anchor. Underway for RHODES, GREECE


1515 VOLTAGGIO, V.H. PVT, USMC struck his head while going through a hatch resulting in a 4 1/2” laceration. Assigned to 24 hours of light duty.


1556 Underway for NAPLES, ITALY.
23 Jun
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Rhodes, Greece
24 Jun

0850
 Commenced Captain’s Personnel Inspection


0935
Secured from Captain’s Personnel Inspection


1000
Commenced Captain’s Material Inspection


2300 Transited Straits of Messina
25 Jun
082 Firing exercises with 5” gun. Expended 39 rounds of 5”/38 VT and 8 rounds of 5”/38 AAC.


1305 Refuel from USS SALAMONIE AO 26


1700 AA Gunnery Exercise. Expended 35 rounds 5”/38 VT
26 Jun
0630 Received Pilot A. FAPPICANO on board


0730 Passed through PORTO DI NAPOLI (Naples) breakwater


0742 Dropped port anchor


0744 Dropped starboard anchor and Med Moored to Pier P-7 at PORTO DI NAPOLI with the help of tugs CIRCEO, ENEO and AWACAPRI.


1015
LCDR W.H. RUSSELL reported aboard for duty as Ship’s Navigator.
26 Jun - 05 Jul
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At Naples, Italy


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Hosting the Naples Invitational Softball Tournament, a five-day elimination tournament.


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LITTLE ROCK loses to MULLINNIX


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Midshipmen arrive for 6 week summer cruise. (MEDMIDCRUISE 1-61)
27 Jun
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53 men departed for a tour of Rome, Italy.
03 Jul
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ComCruDiv4 arrives for one day visit.


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CinCSouth arrives for evening visit.
04 Jul
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Full Dress Ship
05 - 09 Jul
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Operations at sea.
10 - 17 Jul
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Genoa, Italy
17 - 21 Jul
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Major Fleet Exercises
22 Jul
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At Naples, Italy to exchange Midshipmen for another 6 week cruise. (MEDMIDCRUISE 1-61)
26 Jul
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At Fleet Anchorage, Aranci Bay.


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LITTLE ROCK is awarded the COMCRULANT Battle Efficiency "E" (Atlantic Fleet Cruiser Forces) award, as well as white "E"s for 5' gun mount, 6" gun turret and Missile System, and green "C"s for Communications systems, and Combat Information Center (CIC).
29 Jul - 07 Aug
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Livorno, Italy. (Photos)
29 Jul
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Enrique Avila and 11 other Italian movie stars visit LITTLE ROCK.
07 - 13 Aug
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Major Fleet Exercises
10 Aug
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CS2 Roger R. Sellers reenlists for 6 years.
13 Aug
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East Germany erects Berlin Wall
14 Aug
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Livorno, Italy.
14 - 16 Aug
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At Fleet Anchorage Golfo de Palmas, Mallorca (to be relieved by USS NEWPORT NEWS CA148)
15 Aug
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LITTLE ROCK relieved as flagship (VADM David L. McDonald) by USS NEWPORT NEWS.
16 Aug
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ENS William G. Stoops relieves LTJG Kevin Wilson as Disbursing Officer.


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USS LITTLE ROCK departs for CONUS.
18 Aug
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Transit Straits of Gibraltar.  USS LITTLE ROCK rejoins 2nd Fleet.
29 Aug
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Arrive Boston, MA.
30 Aug
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Arrive Norfolk, VA for 30 days leave and upkeep.
01 Sep
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USS LITTLE ROCK joins Cruiser Division Two.
08 Sep
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VADM John McN. Taylor assumes command of U.S. Second Fleet.
06 Oct
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VADM Taylor shifts flag to USS LITTLE ROCK from USS Northampton CC 1.
16 Oct
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Depart Norfolk for 2nd Fleet ops in Atlantic
28 - 29 Oct
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LITTLE ROCK at Morehead City, NC.
04 Nov
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Arrive Norfolk, VA
13 Nov
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Depart NORVA with 5 SecNav guests for San Juan, PR.
16 - 17 Nov
-
Missile Firing Exercise off Puerto Rico.
18 Nov
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Disembark SecNav guests.


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USS LITTLE ROCK ordered to international waters off Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to provide an element of stability during the uncertainty and unrest following the assassination of Rafael Trujillo.
25 Nov (?)
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Depart for Norfolk, VA
?? Nov
-
Arrive Norfolk, VA


1962





08 Jan
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Depart Norfolk for Atlantic Fleet Exercises
12 - 14 Jan
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Mayport, FL
15 Jan
-
Guided Missileman (GS) rating is redesignated Missile Technician (MT)
18 - 19 Jan
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
20 - 24 Jan
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Operating off southern coast
?? Jan
-
Kingston, Jamaica
20 - 26 Jan
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Per OPNAV NOTICE 1650, USS LITTLE ROCK crew, attached to the ship during this period are entitled to the Navy Expeditionary Medal for Cuba. (Ribbon)
25 Jan
-
Arrived back at Norfolk, VA
01 Feb
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USS LITTLE ROCK selected “Ship of the Month” by Our Navy Magazine
07 Feb -
Capt. James R. Payne relieves Capt. Frederic A. Chenault.
12 Feb -
Depart Norfolk, VA for Bayonne, NJ. for 2-day stay.
15 Feb (?) -
Depart Bayonne, NJ for Nassau, Bahamas
??? Feb

Nassau, Bahamas
21 Feb
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Arrived Norfolk, VA
01 Mar
0000 Moored starboard side to pier #7, berth #71, U.S. Naval Base, NORFOLK, VA. with standard mooring lines doubled for a cruiser type vessel.


0943 Commenced taking on fuel from the pier. Draft forward: 24' 6".  Draft aft: 25' 0".


1053 Completed fueling having received 70, 140 gals NSFO at 60 F. Draft forward: 25' 9". Draft aft: 25' 0".


1200 Commander Carrier Division 16 made call on Commander Second Fleet. Side honors rendered.


1450 Commander Carrier Division 16 departed. Side honors rendered.
02 Mar
0000 Moored starboard side to pier #7, berth #71, U.S. Naval Base, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, with standard mooring lines doubled for a cruiser type vessel.


0020
Pursuant to BuPers orders, LTJG PETER F. SALA, Jr., USNR, was detached from this ship with orders to report to Commandant First Naval District for temporary duty in connection with conversion of the USS ALBANY (CG 10) at BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS and duty on board when commissioned.


0808 The Secretary of the Navy Advisory Board on Education arrived for a tour of the vessel.


0813 The Honorable JOHN B. FAY (typo: should be PAUL B. FAY), Under Secretary of the Navy came on board; broke the flag of the Under Secretary of the Navy.


0911 Under Secretary of the Navy departed; hauled down the flag of the Under Secretary of the Navy.


1745 Held fire drill.


1801 Secured from fire drill.


1840 In accordance with COMNAVAIRLANT SPDLTR serial 27843PE of 21 Feb 1962, LTJG A.C. WILKINSON, USN, reported on board for temporary additional duty as Officer in Charge HU-2 detachment 26.
03 Mar
0000 Moored starboard side to pier #7, berth #71, US Naval Base, NORFOLK with standard mooring lines.


0704 Lighted fires under boiler #3.


0800 Making preparations to get underway.


0915 Set the special sea detail.


0935 YTB 150 came alongside the port quarter, YTB 760 came alongside the port bow.


0944 The pilot, Capt. SEXTON, came on board.


0945 Complete all preparations for getting underway.


1000 Underway for sea in compliance with COMSECONDFLT quarterly employment schedule.  Maneuvering to clear the pier and enter the channel. The Pilot conning, Captain and Navigator on the bridge.


1015
Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to keep within the Elizabeth River Channel.


1017 Cast off tugs.


1020 Pilot departed. Secured from quarters.


1024 Sounded flight quarters.


1039 Passed Fort Wool abeam to starboard, distance 500 yards.


1041 Recovered helicopter.


1049 Secured from flight quarters.


1055 Passed Thimble Shoals Lighthouse abeam to port, distance 800 yards.


1058 Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform to Thimble Shoals Channel.


1135 Passed buoy no.1 abeam to starboard, departing Thimble Shoals Channel, speed 15 knots, course 107 T.


1136 OOD (LT RAPASKY) was given the conn.


1140
Secured the special sea detail.


1300 Exercised at general drills. Set material condition ZEBRA.


1315 Simulated atomic underwater burst bearing 060 T, distance 5000 yards. Maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to avoid base surge and fallout.


1353 Secured from general drills.


1430 Commenced ECM exercise with USS GOODRICH (DDR 831).


1530
Secured from ECM exercise, GOODRICH released to proceed on duty assignment.
05 Mar
0000 Steaming independently enroute from Beaufort Inlet, NORTH CAROLINA, to NORFOLK, VIRGINIA on course 052, speed 15 knots, in compliance with COMSECONDFLT quarterly employment schedule….


0008 Sight Cape Hatteras Light bearing 281, distance 21 miles.


0025 c/c to 000 to avoid  Liberian Merchantman, the "FENIX".


0040 c/c to 350. Passed Cape Hatteras Light abeam to port, bearing 260, distance 20 miles.


0114 c/c to 348.


0126 Hatteras Light passed from view, bearing 230, distance 25 miles.


0152 Sighted Bodie Island Light bearing 303, distance 20 miles.


0238 With Bodie Island Light bearing 270, distance 15 miles, changed course to 340.


0410 Sighted Currituck Beach Light bearing 300, distance 9 miles.


0614 Sighted Cape Henry Light, bearing 310, distance 23 miles.


0639 c/c to 320.


0701 c/c to 306.


0733 c/c to 300.


0740 c/c to 288. Entered U.S. Inland Waters.


0745 Mustered the crew at quarters.


0748 Maneuvering on various courses to enter Thimble Shoals Channel.


0806 Passed buoy #3 abeam to port, distance 400 yards.


0824 Stationed special sea detail. OOD (LT SANTORO) at the conn. Captain and Navigator on the bridge.


0825 Passed buoy #12 abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards.


0849 Captain at the conn.


0852 Passed Thimble Shoals Light abeam to starboard, distance 400 yards.


0902 Flight quarters.


0916 Launched helicopter. Pilot: LTJG WILKINSON, USN. Helicopter enroute NAS NORFOLK, VA.


0923 U.S. Navy tug YTB-757, came alongside starboard side. Pilot SEXTON came on board.


0935 Pilot at the conn.


0942 Maneuvering to go alongside pier.


0957 Moored port side to pier 7, berth 72, U.S. Naval Base, NORFOLK, VA. with standard mooring lines.


1036 LT A.J. ELLIOTT, USN, having completed duty with Johns Hopkins APL, returned on board and resumed his regular duties.


1038 Pilot left the ship.


1300 COMCRUDIVTWO came on board to call on COMSECONDFLT. Rendered honors.


1335 COMCRUDIVTWO departed. Rendered honors.
09 Mar
0000 Moored portside to pier 7, berth 72, Naval Shipyard, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, with standard mooring lines doubled for a cruiser type vessel….


0400 Moored as before.


0510 Lighted fires under no. 1 boiler.


0550 Moored YTD-200 alongside to port to assist in loading ship's vehicles.


0600 Commenced preparations for getting underway.


0635 Cut boiler #1 into main steam line.


0720 Stationed the special sea and anchor detail.


0725 YTD-200 got underway from alongside.


0730 Mustered the crew on station.


0745 Yard tugs came alongside to starboard and Pilot Captain HILL came on board.


0746 Draft fwd 25' 5", aft 25'.


0800 Moored as before.


0805 Completed all preparations for getting underway.


0810 Underway for BERMUDA ISLAND, IAW COMSECFLT quarterly employment schedule. Pilot at the conn. Captain and Navigator on the bridge. Tugs maneuvering ship from pier.


0815 Tugs clear of ship. Pilot left ship. Captain at the conn. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds while standing out of NORFOLK, VA harbor.


0830 Flight quarters.


0842 Recovered helicopter, HUP-2 serial number 54, bureau number 129994. Pilot, LTJG A.L. WILKINSON, USN on board. No passengers embarked.


0850 Secured from flight quarters.


1003 Secured special sea and anchor detail.
11 Mar
0000 Steaming independently from NORFOLK, VA., USA, enroute BERMUDA ISLAND IAW COMSECONDFLT employment schedule on course 103, speed 18 kts.


0400 Sighted Plantagenent Bank light bearing 122, distance 20 miles. Commenced making preparations for entering port.


0456 c/s to 15 kts.


0502 c/c to 060, Plantagenent Bank light abeam to starboard, distance 5 miles.


0609 Sighted St. David Lt. bearing 043, distance 16 miles.


0635 c/c to 050.


0720   Stationed the special sea and anchor detail.


0730
  Mustered the crew on station….


0735 c/c to 000.


0744 c/s to 10 knots.


0745 c/c to 264


0747 c/c to 250, c/s to 5 kts.


0755 c/s to 8 kts.


0759 c/c to 266.


0801 Maneuvering at various course and speeds while conforming to harbor entrance to BERMUDA.


0808 Pilot, Captain WELCH, on board. Pilot at the conn. Captain and Navigator on bridge.


0927 Tug Justice alongside starboard bow. YTB 176 alongside starboard quarter.


0945 Maneuvering to go alongside pier.


0954 Moored portside to Tender pier, U.S. Naval Base, BERMUDA with six mooring lines doubled and wire aft to the pier.


1011 Secured special sea and anchor detail. Pilot left the ship. Secured main engines.  Draft fwd: 23' 6", aft 25' 2", mean 24' 4". Tugs clear of the ship.


1100 Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples, conditions normal.


1150 Commenced taking on fuel.


1340 Set flight quarters.


1355 Completed fueling, having received 94,000 gallons NSFO at 60°. Draft fwd. 24' 11", aft 25' 3", mean 25' 1".


1413 Helicopter side number 54, left ship. LTJG WILKINSON, USN, pilot.


1415 Secured from flight quarters.


2120 #1 utility boat ran aground on unmarked navigation hazard. Boat hoisted on board and damaged propeller changed. Boat put back into water at 2320.


2230 (Name withheld), returned to ship by Shore Patrol, Naval Station, BERMUDA, for injuries sustained while on authorized liberty. (Name withheld) treated for 1" laceration lower left cheek, and returned to duty. No report made by Shore Patrol against (Name withheld).
13 Mar
0000 Moored port side toTender Pier, U.S. Naval Station, BERMUDA with standard mooring lines doubled and wires forward and aft.  Receiving telephone services from the pier. Boiler no. 2 on line for auxiliary purposes. Condition of readiness VI and material condition YOKE (modified) are set throughout the ship. Ships present include yard and district craft. SOPA is COMSECONDFLT embarked in this vessel. Gale warnings hoisted in BERMUDA area. Winds are from the southwest, velocity 25 knots.


0400 Moored as before. Commenced preparations for getting underway. Boiler #4 cut into main steam line.


0530 Stationed the special sea detail.


0605 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Draft: forward 24' 9", aft 24' 8.5".  YTB 176 came alongside the starboard quarter.


0800 Moored as before. Winds are southwesterly 20 to 28 knots.


1053 Underway for NORFOLK, VIRGINIA via Onslow Bay, NORTH CAROLINA in accordance with COMSECONDFLT quarterly employment schedule. Maneuvering to clear the pier and recover ship's boats. The Captain conning. The Navigator on the bridge.


1121 Sounded flight quarters. All boats recovered. Capt. W. DARRELL, pilot, assumed the conn. Maneuvering at various courses and speeds to conform to channel.


1135 Recovered helicopter.


1138 Passed buoy no. 40 abeam to starboard, distance 50 yards.


1146 Passed buoy no. 28 abeam to starboard, distance 75 yards.


1155
Secured from flight quarters…..


1239
Secured the special sea detail, set regular steaming watch…..


1435 Sighted Plantagenet Bank light abeam bearing 205, distance 7.5 miles.


1500 Exercised at general drills. Set material condition ZEBRA.


1510 Simulated atomic underwater burst, bearing 230T, distance 4500 yards. Simulated maneuvering on various courses at various speeds to avoid base surge and fallout.


1550 Set material condition YOKE modified.
15 Mar
0000 Steaming independently enroute from BERMUDA, to NORFOLK, VIRGINIA via Onslow Bay, NORTH CAROLINA in compliance with COMSECONDFLT quarterly employment schedule, on course 052, speed 20 knots.


0041 Sighted Hatteras Light bearing 295, distance 24 miles.


0043   c/c to 350.


0102 Passed Hatteras Light abeam to port, distance 22.5 miles.


0245 c/c to 340.


0300 Sighted Bodie Island Light bearing 260, distance 17 miles.


0426 Sighted Currituck Beach Light bearing 281T, distance 20 miles.


0505 c/c to 335T


0546 c/c to 316T


0600 c/s to 14 knots


0628 c/s to 15 knots.


0656 c/c to 304T


0708 c/c to 288T


0715 Stationed the special sea detail. OOD at the conn. Captain and Navigator on the bridge.


0728 Passed Thimble Shoals Channel buoy #2 abeam to starboard, distance 100 yards.


0745 Mustered the crew at quarters.


0820 Set flight quarters.


0850 Launched helicopter #54, Pilot LTJG A.C. WILKINSON, USN. Passengers: VADM J(ohn) McN. TAYLOR, USN (Commander U.S. 2nd Fleet) and CAPTAIN G.S. FOSTER, USN.


0902 Dropped port anchor.


0903 Anchored in YANKEE, HAMPTON ROADS, NORFOLK, VS. in 10 fathoms of water, mud bottom with 75 fathoms of chain to the port anchor on the following bearings. Fort Wool 088.5, Sewells Point 186.5, Beacon Point Comfort 007 and Beacon 16A 213.


0907 Secured main engines. Secured special sea detail.


0930 Let fires die under #2 boiler.


0931 YTD 207 and YTB 760 moored alongside to port to off load 5" and 6" ammunition.


0935 Commenced off loading ammunition. Draft: fwd 23' 0", aft 25' 4", mean 24' 2".


1645 Stationed the special sea detail.


1724 Heaved in to 30 fathoms on port anchor.


1728 Pilot HILL came on board.


1730 Completed off loading the following ammunition: 1382 rds. 5"/38 projectiles; 1382 rds. 5"/38 propelling charges; 980 rds. 6"47 projectiles; 980 rds. 6"/47 propelling charges; 15 tons of miscellaneous pyrotechnics, small arms and demolition ammunition.


1745 YTD 207 clear of port side. Completed all preparations for getting underway.
Draft: fwd 22' 3", aft 25' 6".


1748 Commenced heaving in on anchor.


1752 Anchor away. Underway from anchorage YANKEE to berth 76 NORFOLK Naval Base in accordance with COMSECONDFLT employment schedule.


1755 Maneuvering to clear the anchorage. Pilot conning, Captain and Navigator on the bridge.


1757 Steering various courses at various speeds to conform to Channel.


1814 Maneuvering to go alongside berth 76, pier 7. Pilot conning. Navy Tugs 758 and 757 alongside starboard bow. Tugs 150 and 494 standing by.



1836 Moored portside to berth 76. All tugs cast off.
16 Mar
0000 Moored port side pier 7, berth 36, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA with standard mooring lines doubled…  SOPA is COMSECONDFLEET, embarked in this vessel.
19 Mar
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Entered drydock at for general overhaul, Sonar equipment and Electronic Detection equipment installation and new Gas Turbine Generator, connected to Aft Distribution Panel in Aft Fire Rm. AN/SPS-2 Radar scheduled for removal.
26 Mar
0000  Moored starboard side pier 5, berth 33, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VA….
The ship is presently undergoing a major overhaul of the Talos missile system...
SOPA is COMSECONDFLEET, embarked.


0700 C.O. LITTLE ROCK assumed duties as SOPA, Portsmouth Sun-Area.


1155 Rear Admiral (John S.) McCAIN (Jr.), Commander Amphibious Training, Atlantic, arrived on board. Side honors rendered.


1430  Rear Admiral McCAIN departed; side honors rendered.
17 Apr
0000 Moored starboard side pier 5, berth 33, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA….
 



1345 Fire reported in the missile launcher; called away the duty repair party and called the yard fire department.


1349 The yard fire department arrived on the pier.


1353 Fire was reported extinguished; secured the repair party. The fire started in the "B" side of the missile launcher due to sparks from a grinder falling on oily rags stowed there by yard workmen. There was no damage to the ship.
01 May
0000 Moored starboard side pier 5, berth 33, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, with standard mooring lines doubled for a cruiser type vessel. The ship is undergoing shipyard overhaul. All boilers secured. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier.


1430 SEPULVEDA, RALPH (n), YN2, USN, reenlisted on board for a period of six (6) full years.


1500 Set the special sea and anchor details to test shipboard internal communications in preparation for entering drydock.


1745 Held fire drill.


1805 Secured from fire drill.
02 May
0000 Moored starboard side pier 5, berth 33, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, with standard mooring lines doubled for a cruiser type vessel. The ship is undergoing shipyard overhaul. All boilers secured. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier.


0612 YTB 502 made fast to port quarter


0615 Set Special Sea and Line Handling Detail


0630 YTB 365 made fast to port bow


0639 Pilot Captain PRICE comes on board


0647 Sea Mule G 10-5220 made fast to the starboard bow. Underway to shift berth to drydock no. 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA.


0650 YTB 536 made fast to stern. Maneuvering to clear berth and enter drydock. Sea Mule shifted to port.


0717 Bow passed over sill. YTB 365 cast off port bow.


0722 YTB 536 cast off the stern.


0726 Beam passed over sill.


0732 Pilot departed the ship. YTB 502 cast off port quarter. Sea Mule shifted to stern.


0740 Stern passed over sill.


0759 Caisson in place.


0806 Began pumping water out of drydock.


0942 Resting on keel blocks.


0920 Commenced receiving electrical power from dock.


0930 Commenced receiving fresh water from dock.


0949 Secured from special sea and line handling detail.


0950 Commenced receiving salt water from the dock.


1330 The Commanding Officer inspected the under water hull, propellers, shafts, rudder and fittings. Conditions in general were good.
04 May
0000 Resting on keel blocks in drydock number eight, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA. Receiving miscellaneous services from the dock. Ship is in condition of readiness six, material condition YOKE (modified) is set.



1135 HEIMBRECHT, WILLIAM (n) SN, reenlisted on board for a period of six years.


1330 Pursuant to Bupers speed letter 132132-PD-264,  ENS. GUSTAVE KARLSEN, USNR, was detached from this ship with orders to report to Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station, GLYNCO, GA. for a period of about seven (7) weeks temporary duty.
09 May
0000 Resting on keel blocks in dry dock number eight, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VA. Receiving miscellaneous services from the dock. Ship is in condition of readines VI, material condition YOKE (modified) is set…..  Ship is presently undergoing major alteration of the weapons system.


1745 Held fire drill.


1758 Secured from fire drill.
28 May
1752 Fire in P-250 Pump, portside, frame 80


1753 Fire extinguished. Fuel spill was the cause. One person injured
31 May
0730 STAMM, L.E. MT3, YADEN, H.Q. GMT3, YADEN, G.J. GMT2 UA until 1010 hrs.
05 Jun
0000
Resting on keel blocks in drydock number 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Ship is in condition of readiness VI, material condition YOKE (modified) is set throughout. Ships present include USS YANCEY (AKA-93) USS SIERRA (AD-18), various other units of the Atlantic Fleet, yard, and district craft. SOPA is in USS YANCEY (AKA-93). Ship is presently undergoing shipyard overhaul; major revision to search radars and missile fire control system.  J.L. BELL  LTJG  USN”
28 Jun
0000
Resting on keel blocks in drydock number 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. General condition of readiness VI and material condition YOKE (modified) are set throughout. SOPA is CAPT. J.R. PAYNE, Commanding Officer of this vessel. Ship is undergoing a regular shipyard overhaul.  J.D. PLASSMEYER LT  USN.”


1320 Flooding commenced in drydock.


1437 Flooding completed in drydock with 20 feet of water on the hull, one foot short of floatation.
29 Jun
0000
Resting on keel blocks, fortified with 12 mooring lines, in Drydock #8, partially flooded to 20 feet of water on the hull in Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. General condition of readiness VI and material condition YOKE (Modified) are set. Ships present include the USS SIERRA (AD-18), other units of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and various yard, and district craft. SOPA is CAPT. J.R. PAYNE, Commanding Officer of this vessel. Ship is undergoing a regular shipyard overhaul.


1437
Undocking detail set.


1442
Commenced flooding of drydock.


1457
Ship clear of keelblocks.


1505
All services from the drydock disconnected.


1636
Commenced moving ship out of drydock.


1648
Stern passed over sill.


1653
Tugs 502 and 501 made fast to port and starboard quarter.


1659
Pilot, Captain WRIGHT, came aboard.


1717
All lines clear, underway for berth 29, Pier 4, Norfolk Naval Shipyard.


1718
Bow passed over sill.


1750
Moored portside to Pier 4, berth 29, with standard mooring line doubled.


1901
Commenced receiving all services from the pier.
30 Jun
0000 Moored port side to Pier 4, berth 29, in Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Standard mooring lines are doubled. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. The ship is undergoing shipyard overhaul.


0915 Called away duty repair party to handle class "C" fire, main deck aft, frame 130, port side; notified base fire department.


0918 Fire in welding box put out.
02 Jul
0000 Moored portside to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


0100 Ensign G.E. KARLSEN, USNR, having completed temporary additional duty under instruction at NAS, Glynco, Brunswick, Georgia, returned on board and resumed his regular duties.
04 Jul
0000 Moored portside to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


0800 Dressed ship in observance of Independence Day.


1035
Received phone call from Portsmouth Shore Patrol, stating the LITTLE ROCK’S Greenbriar vehicle had been involved in an accident at the corner of County and Court Streets, Portsmouth, Virginia. The vehicle....... was on a mail run to Portsmouth Post Office.... Status of the vehicle is unknown; both passengers receiving emergency treatment at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth. By order of the Commanding Officer, LT. W.E. HALEY departed the ship to conduct investigation of the accident.
21 Jul
0000 Moored portside to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia.


1620 ENSIGN ALLAN G. BUCK, USNR and ENSIGN FRANK K. SOWER, USN, pursuant to orders of the Commanding Officer, departed the ship on temporary additional duty to FAAWTC, DAMNECK, VIRGINIA.


1745 Held fire drill
24 Jul
0000 Moored portside to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


1430 LTJG JOHN R. ROBERTS, USNR, departed the ship upon being released from active duty. (Log signed by G.A. DUPUIS, LTJG, USNR - OOD)
26  Jul
0000   Moored portside to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


0007   LT. A.J. ELLIOT, USN, was detached from this ship with orders to reports to
          COMSERVPAC.


1200 Moored as before.
SMITH, R.C., GMM3, USN, suffered injuries to the abdomen and back while working in area III of the missile house at 1030 this date. SMITH was struck by3000 PSI of hydraulic oil from a parted line. Smith was injured not due to own misconduct and was taken by ambulance to NNSY Dispensary for treatment.


1512 While working on starboard side, main deck, frame 110, SMITH, J.A., SA, USN, was struck on the head by a falling staging plank. Not due to his own misconduct. He was taken by ambulance to NNSY Dispensary for diagnosis and treatment.


1705   SMITH, J.A., SA, USN, returned from NNSY Dispensary.
27 Jul
0000 Moored port side to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


0050 ENS GUSTAU E. KARLSEN, USNR, departed the ship pursuant to orders of the Commanding Officer, referring to COMCRUDESLANT message 181450Z, July 1962, for temporary additional duty under instruction, at Antisubmarine Warfare School, KEYWEST, FLORIDA.


0905 SMITH, R.C., GMM3, died in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, as a result of injuries received on board this vessel at 0957, 26 July 1962.
31 Jul
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E8 & E9 Exams
01 Aug
0000 Moored port side to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....The ship is presently undergoing a shipyard overhaul.
02 Aug
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E6 Exams
03 Aug
0000 Moored port side to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....  The ship is presently undergoing a regular shipyard overhaul.


1649 CWO-2 GEORGE EARLY, USN reported on board and resumed regular duties, having completed TAD at Guided Missile School, DAMNECK, VIRGINIA.


1745 Held fire drill.


1755 Secured fire drill.
06 Aug
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TILLEY, Arthur E. Jr. MT2 reports on board LITTLE ROCK
07 Aug
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E5 Exams
09 Aug
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E4 Exams
10 Aug
0000 Moored port side to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....  The ship is undergoing a major modification to its weapons system in addition to regular yard overhaul.
26 Aug
1415 In accordance with BUPERS order 154093, ENS George CUSTER, USN reported on board for duty.


1800 Moored as before. During demonstration of projector, DIXBY, Donald F. ICFN, received a laceration of the left thumb; not due to own misconduct. Treatment administered by the duty Corpsman. Disposition: Returned to duty.
28 Aug
0000 Moored port side to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....    The ship is presently undergoing a regular shipyard overhaul.


0905 Set storm condition III.


0920 HARRISON, Lorin B. CS2, USN, reenlisted for the period of six years.


1028 Fire reported in the (6) six-inch magazine. Called away the repair party.


1032
Fire extinguished. Fire consisted of class “A” fire in cardboard box and canvas.  No material damage or personnel casualties.


1745 Exercised Rescue and Assistance Detail at drill.


2330
Secured from storm condition III, tropical storm “ALMA” no longer a threat to this area.
30 Aug
0000 Moored port side to pier 4, berth 29, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


0740 Commenced jacking over main engines.


0740 Completed jacking over main engines.


1600 Set special sea and anchor detail.


1612 YTB 365 along side on starboard bow.


1616 YTB 502 along side on starboard quarter.


1617 YTB 536 standing by to make fast to port bow.


1625 The pilot, CAPT. SHAW, came aboard.


1630 Completed all preparations for getting underway. Navigational draft 30 ft.


1632 Underway from berth 29, pier 4, NYSY, with dead plant, for berths 7 and 8 NNSY, Portsmouth, VA.


1712 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, NNSY, Portsmouth, Virginia. Standard mooring lines doubled, receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Condition of readiness VI and material condition YOKE (modified) are set throughout the ship. Boiler No. 1 in use.


1731 Pilot left the ship.


1740 Secured the special sea detail
01 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


0215 The standing part of No. 4 mooring line parted due to suction caused by two tugs towing an oil barge close to port. The lines were checked by McANDREWS, J.F. BM2, and AUGUSTINE, BMSN, who placed another bight on same.
05 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


1400 Breasted out for yard diving operations.


1422 Breasted in with standard mooring line doubled.
06 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


1750 No. 4 mooring line parted when large American freighter, the GULF JAGUAR, passing downstream caused turbulence.
13 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


1817 Received warning number five on tropical storm CELIA.
14 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....


0010 Received storm warning No. 6 on tropical storm CELIA.


0615 Received storm warning No. 7 on tropical storm CELIA.


1152 Italian Guided Missile Cruiser GIUSEPPE GARABALDI (C-551) stood in and moored starboard side to berth No. 3.


1310 Received storm warning No. 8 on tropical storm CELIA.


1530 The Commanding OIfficer of the Italian Navy ship GIUSEPPE GARABALDI (C-551), CAPT. GLICERIO AZZONI paid an official call on the Commanding Offiecer of the LITTLE ROCK.


1620 Capt. GLICERIO AZZONI departed.


1830 Received storm warning No. 9 on tropical storm CELIA.....  thunderstorms with possible wind gusts to 50 knots expected in the area until 2300R.
17 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....  the ship is presently undergoing a shipyard overhaul.


0730 Mustered the crew at foul weather parade.


1200 Weather is rainy with intermittent heavy showers.
24 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia....  the ship is presently undergoing a shipyard overhaul.


1820 YOG 193 moored along side to port.


1848 Commenced fueling.
25 Sep
0000 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth Virginia...  Ships present include Italian Naval Cruiser GIUSEPPE GARABALDI (C-551).


0600 Commenced making preparations for getting underway.


0735 Set the special sea and anchor detail.


0827 Pilot R.S. White came on board.


0836 YTB 501 and YTB 502 on port bow.


0840 Experienced casualty in No. 4 engine steam strainer. Commenced repairs.


0925 Underway for conducting post repair trials in the VACAPES operating area in accordance with COMCRUDESLANT authority.


0945 Steering various courses at various speeds standing down Elizabeth River Channel.


1110 Captain assumed the conn. Pilot left the ship.


1232 OOD at the conn. Passed Cape Henry Light abeam to starboard, distance 1.2 miles.


1235 Secured the special sea and anchor detail.


1600 Steaming as before. Maneuvering at various speeds for full power trial.


1649 Experienced casualty in No. 4 boiler casing.


1701 Changed speed to 15 knots.


1731 Let fire die under No. 4 boiler.
26 Sep
0000 Steaming independently in accordance with approved operating schedule, conducting post repair trials operating in the Virginia Capes OPAREA on course 270, speed 31 kts...


0019 Maneuvering at various speeds while decelerating from full power trial and conducting noise measurement readings on the sonar.


0948 Commenced steering gear trials.


1047 Completed trials of steering gear.


1103 Sighted Chesapeake Bay Lightship bearing 357, distance 6 miles.


1150 Entered Inland Waters. Commenced preparations for entering port.


1323 U.S. Navy tug No. 150 came alongside port bow. Pilot J.Q. Adams came aboard and assumed the conn.


1407
Pilot left the ship.


1408 U.S. Navy tug No. 365 came alongside starboard quarter. Pilot W.E. Rice came aboard and took the conn.


1522 Moored port side to berth 2 Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled for cruiser type vessels.
27 Sep
0750 GIUSEPPE GARABALDI got underway and stood out of harbor.


0831 WEBB, Johnny C. PN3, USN, reenlisted on board for a period of six years.


1300 Divers resumed work on sonar dome.


1625 Italian ship GIUSEPPE GARABALDI stood into Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and moored along side berths 7 and 8.
01 Oct
0000 Moored port side to berth 2, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia.....  Ships present include Italian Naval Cruiser GIUSEPPE GARABALDI (C-551)...


1430 While working on a moving boom on the O-2 level, LONG, W.A., SN, USN, received traumatic amputation of the distal portions of his left and right index fingers when his fingers were caught in the boom.
06 Oct
0000 Moored port side to berth 2, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia.....


0930
Commenced Captain’s Inspection of Personnel.


1025 Commenced Captain;s Inspection of Berthing and Messing facilities.
12 Oct - 23 Oct
-
Cuban Missile Crisis and Naval Blockade  (History)
14 Oct
1730 Pursuant to C.O. LITTLE ROCK TAD orders CLG-4/11; DN-1321 of 12 October 1962,  LTJG Gerard A. DUPUIS, USNR, left the ship for temporary additional duty with FAAWTC, Dam Neck, Virginia.
16 Oct
0215 Shore Patrol Portsmouth notified the ship that (two crew men) had been arrested by Portsmouth civil authorities on charges of possessing a stolen automobile, reckless driving, drunk in public, failing to heed siren and red light, and making a false statement. They are being held by civil authorities for court appearance at 0830 19 October 1962 the Civic Center, Great Bridge, Virginia.


1420 Set storm condition four (4)
18 Oct
0000 Hurricane condition 3 is set in the Hampton Roads area.


1047 W-3 Joseph D. Ramsey, USN reported on board for duty.


1415 While attempting to pass anchor chain to the pier with line, blocks, and capstan, line parted injuring four men.


1700
Added anchor chain forward to the pier and 1 5/8” wire doubled amidships for breast line.


2000 Hurricane condition 2 set in the Hampton Roads area.


2145
Added a 6” Nylon line amidships (frame 94) with five (5) parts forward and four (4) parts aft.
19 Oct
1030 Fire on the Berkley Landing pier, called away the Assistance Detail.


1035
Assistance Detail embarked in the Commanding Officer’s gig and clear of the ship.


1040 Assistance Detail returned on board, having extinguished the fire.


1200 Moored as before.


1214 Received Hurricane warning No.16
20 Oct
0000 Moored port side to berth 2, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia with standard mooring lines doubled, in addition 1 5/8” spring lay doubled and another chain made fast to the pier forward, 1 5/8” wire doubled amidships, 6” nylon spring line with four parts aft and five parts forward at frame ninety-four, and 1 5/8” spring lay with four parts and 1 5/8”  wire doubled aft.


0930
Commenced Captain’s personnel inspection.


1515 Secured from Hurricane condition II. Hurricane ELLA no longer considered a threat to this area.
22 Oct
0000 Moored port side to berth 2, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA, with standard mooring lines doubled.


1445 Commenced preparations for shifting to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shjpyard.


1537 YTB-365 alongside stbd. bow


1542 YTB-501 alongside port quarter. Pilot, Captain W.A. SHAWN, came aboard.


1555 Completed breaking off miscellaneous services from the pier.


1600 Singled up all lines.


1606 Cut in boilers 3 and 4 on main steam line.


1607 Underway, proceeding to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA.


1653 Moored starboard side to berths 7 and 8, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA, with standard mooring lines doubled. Cast off YTB-501 and YTB-536.


1713 Pilot SHAWN left the ship.


1745 Added bight of 1 5/8" spring lay forward and 1 5/8" wire doubled aft.
24 Oct
0000
Moored starboard side to berths seven and eight, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA, with standard mooring lines doubled. In addition wire is out forward and aft. U.S. Navy YD-26 is moored alongside to port. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler No. 4 is in use for auxiliary purposes. Condition of readiness VI and material condition YOKE (MODIFIED) are set. Ship celebrated United Nations Day with a special dinner menu offering dishes prepared from recipes from many different foreign countries.
28 Oct
0000 Moored starboard side to berths seven and eight, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA, with standard mooring lines doubled. In addition wire is out forward and aft. U.S. Navy diving barge moored alongside to port. Receiving miscellaneous services from the pier. Boiler No. 2 is in use for auxiliary purposes. Condition of readiness VI and material condition YOKE (MODIFIED) are set.


0800 Moored as before.


0830 Commenced celebration of Catholic Mass on the mess decks.


0930 Secured from Catholic Mass.


1000 Commenced Protestant Divine services in the crew's lounge.


1100 Secured from Protestant Divine services.
08 Nov
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At Sea. (Picture)
Nov - Dec
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LITTLE ROCK remains in Portsmouth for the remainder of 1962


1963





01 - 31 Jan

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At Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
11 Jan

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Conducting Inclining Experiments at NNSY, Portsmouth, VA.
01 - 04 Feb

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At Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
05 Feb

0900
Depart NNSY Portsmouth for Yorktown, VA.
06 Feb

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At Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA to onload new "improved" TALOS missiles
07 Feb

0800  Depart Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA.
08 Feb
1130 Arrive Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
09 - 10 Feb
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At  Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
09 Feb
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ComCruDesFltEight broke his flag on LITTLE ROCK
11 Feb
0900 Underway for Caribbean Sea for RefTra and TALOS missile tests.
12 - 17 Feb
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At Sea
18 Feb
0800 Drop anchor San Juan, Puerto Rico
19 Feb
0700 Depart San Juan, Puerto Rico
20 Feb
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At Sea
21 Feb
1800 Drop anchor St. Thomas
22 - 24 Feb
-
At St. Thomas, VI
25 Feb
0900 Underway from St. Thomas, VI


2100 Anchor at St. Thomas, VI
26 Feb
1000 Underway from St. Thomas, VI


1700 Anchor at Roosevelt Roads, PR
27 Feb
1130 Underway from St. Thomas, VI


1830 Anchor at Roosevelt Roads, PR
28 Feb
1030 Underway from St. Thomas, VI


1800 Anchor at Roosevelt Roads, PR
01 Mar
0900 Underway from Roosevelt Roads, PR


1800 Anchor at Roosevelt Roads, PR
02 - 03 Mar
-
At Roosevelt Roads, PR
04 Mar
0900 Underway from Roosevelt Roads, PR
05 -  07 Mar
-
At Sea
08 Mar
2200 Anchor at Roosevelt Roads, PR
09 - 10 Mar
-
At Roosevelt Roads, PR
11 Mar
0800 Underway from Roosevelt Roads, PR
12 Mar
-
At Sea
13 Mar
1400 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
14 - 15 Mar
-
At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
16 Mar
0810 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
17 Mar
0825 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
18 Mar
0800 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1645 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
19 Mar
0745 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1700 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
20 Mar
0715 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1615 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
21 Mar
0615 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1715 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
22 Mar
0700 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1700 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
23 - 24 Mar
-
At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
25 Mar
0715 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1730 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
26 Mar
0710 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1630 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
27 Mar
0615 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1500 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
28 Mar
0615 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1710 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
29 Mar
0630 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1600 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1730 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Mar (var. dates)
-
Operating out of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba LITTLE ROCK conducts a series of successful missile firings at Roosevelt Roads, PR
30 Mar
0730 Anchor at Kingston, Jamaica
31 Mar
1800 Underway from Kingston, Jamaica
01 Apr
0630 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


0715 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1600 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
02 Apr
0700 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1630 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
03 Apr
0715 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1530 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
04 Apr
0700 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1700 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
05 Apr
0630 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1600 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
06 - 07 Apr
-
At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
08 Apr
0800 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1400 Anchor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba


1900 Underway from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Norfolk, VA
09 - 13 Apr
-
At Sea
14 Apr
0800 LITTLE ROCK arrives back at Naval Operations Base Norfolk, VA
15 - 17 Apr
-
At Naval Operations Base Norfolk, VA
18 Apr
0900 Depart Naval Operations Base Norfolk, VA


1300 Arrive Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA
19 Apr
1130 Depart Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA


1630 Arrive Naval Operations Base Norfolk, VA
20 - 30 Apr
-
At Naval Operations Base Norfolk, VA
01 May
0900 Depart for Mediterranean
02 - 08 May
-
At Sea
09 May
-
Passed through Straits of Gibraltar
10 May
-
At Sea
11 May
0730 Arrived at Toulon, France.


-
Relieved USS SPRINGFIELD CLG-7 as Sixth Fleet Flagship.
VADM William E. Gentner Jr. breaks his flag on board LITTLE ROCK
12 - 13 May
-
At Toulon, France
14 May
1307 Depart Toulon, France


1815 Arrive Villefranche, France
15 - 19 May
-
At Villefranche, France
20 May
1700 Depart Villefranche, France
21 - 26 May
-
At Sea
21 May
-
Talos missile firing on the Southern Coast of France. Target was a French CT-20 drone, launched from French weapons trials ship ILE D'OLERON.  The CT-20 is turbojet propelled, and is about 17' long, with a wingspan of about 10'. Intercept was planned for a range in excess of 65 miles. Initial reports from USS DAHLGREN DLG 12, stationed down range, indicated that the drone went out of control and crashed into the water at about the predicted intercept time.
27 May
0800 Arrive Trieste, Italy.
28 May - 02 Jun

At Trieste, Italy
Date uncertain

-
Charles D. Cribbs SA, 2nd Division, leaped into the harbor while the ship was in Trieste and saved a young woman from possibly drowning. Cribbs was taking visitors passes at the bottom of the gangway when the woman fell from the pier. Cribbs jumped into the water and kept the woman afloat until she could be rescued. (Extracted from the June 1963 Talosman.)
03 Jun
-
Depart Trieste, Italy. General illness after fantail party - contaminated food suspected.
?? Jun
-
U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK Marines "adopt" Teresa Mistico of Naples, Italy
04 - 07 Jun
-
At Sea
08 Jun
1000 Arrive Rhodes, Greece
09 - 10 Jun
-
At Rhodes, Greece
11 Jun
1000 Depart Rhodes, Greece
12 - 13 Jun
-
At Sea
14 Jun
0530 Anchor at Kavalla, Greece
15 Jun
1300 Depart Kavalla, Greece
16 - 18 Jun
-
At Sea
19 Jun
0825 Arrive at Beruit, Lebanon
19 - 24 Jun
-
At Beruit, Lebanon
25 Jun
0955 Depart Beruit, Lebanon
26 - 28 Jun
-
At Sea
27 Jun
-
Cdr. D.A. Johnson relieves Cdr. J.B. Randolph as XO of LITTLE ROCK.
29 Jun
1600 Arrive Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
30 Jun - 07 Jul
-
At Villefranche
08 Jul
1000 Depart Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
09 - 12 Jul
-
At sea
13 Jul
1000 Arrive Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
14 - 21 Jul
-
At Villefranche
22 Jul
0943 Depart Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
23 - 26 Jul
-
At Sea
27 Jul
0810 Arrive Barcelona, Spain
28 Jul - 01 Aug
-
At Barcelona, Spain
02 Aug
1000 Depart Barcelona, Spain
03 - 04 Aug
-
At Sea
05 Aug
1015 Arrive Genoa, Italy
06 - 09 Aug
-
At Genoa, Italy


-
Giuseppe Cardinal Siri, the Archbishop of Genoa, visits LITTLE ROCK. While aboard, Cardinal Siri met with Vice Admiral William E. Gentner Jr.
10 Aug
1000 Depart Genoa, Italy
11 - 14 Aug
-
At Sea
15 Aug
1000 Arrive La Spezia, Italy
15 - 18 Aug
-
At La Spezia, Italy
18 Aug
-
U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK helo rescues Italian woman after the boat in which she was a passenger capsized. Helo pilot Lt(jg) Leif A. Elstad subsequently receives the Bronze Medal of Naval Valor (Italy), Crewman C.W. Adams ADR3 who jumped to rescue the woman receives a Silver Medal of Naval Valor (Italy) and crewman G.C. Woody ADJ2 receives a Commendation of Naval Valor (Italy). Medals and Commendation were presented at the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno by VADM Francesco Baslini.  (See Awards & Recognition page.)
19 Aug
0800 Depart La Spezia, Italy


1200 Arrive Livorno, Italy
20 - 21 Aug
-
At Livorno, Italy
22 Aug
0300 Depart Livorno, Italy
23 Aug
0945 Arrive Palma, Majorca, Spain.
24 - 26 Aug
-
At Palma, Majorca, Spain
26 Aug
-
Capt. C. Edwin Bell relieves Capt. James R. Payne as CO of LITTLE ROCK at Palma, Majorca, Spain.  Remarks made by Captain Frederic A. Chenault who represented VADM William Gentner COMSIXTHFLEET.
27 Aug
1015 Depart Palma, Majorca, Spain
28 Aug
-
At Sea
29 Aug
0936 Anchor at Aranci Bay, Sardinia
30 Aug
0920 Depart Aranci Bay, Sardinia


1930 Arrive Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
31 Aug - 08 Sep
-
At Villefranche, France
09 Sep
0800 Underway from Villefranche, France
10 - 13 Sep
-
At Sea
14 Sep
1105 Arrive Naples, Italy
15 - 17 Sep
-
At Naples, Italy
18 Sep
0935 Depart Naples, Italy
19 - 26 Sep
-
At Sea
27 Sep
1000 Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
28 - 30 Sep
-
At Istanbul, Turkey
01 Oct
1000 Depart Istanbul, Turkey
02 Oct
1000 Arrive Izmir, Turkey
03 Oct
1730 Depart Izmir, Turkey
04 Oct
-
At Sea
05 Oct
0800 Arrive at Farmagusta, Cyprus.


-
Archbishop Makarios, Head of State, Cyprus comes on board.


-
Fraser Wilkins, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus comes on board.


-
Dr. Fazil Kutchuk, Vice President of the Republic of Cyprus comes on board.
06 Oct
-
At Famagusta, Cyprus
07 Oct
0950 Depart Famagusta, Cyprus.
08 - 10 Oct
-
At Sea
11 Oct
0810 Arrive at Taranto, Italy
12 Oct
-
At Taranto, Italy
13 Oct
1000 Depart Taranto, Italy
14 Oct
0800 Arrive at Split, Yugoslavia
15 - 16 Oct
-
At Split, Yugoslavia. Only communist nation visited by LITTLE ROCK to date.
17 Oct
1000 Depart Split, Yugoslavia
18 Oct
-
At Sea
19 Oct
0830 Drop anchor at Augusta Bay, Sicily
20 Oct
-
Anchored at Augusta Bay, Sicily
21 Oct
0730 Underway from Augusta Bay, Sicily
22 - 26 Oct
-
At Sea
27 Oct
1100 Arrive Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
27 Oct - 03 Nov
-
At Villefranche-sur-Mer
?? Nov
-
U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK Enlisted Navy Wives met at the home of Mrs. Gloria Land to elect new officers.  Those elected were:
       Mrs. Carol Yerkes - President
       Mrs. Shirley Repass - Vice President (wife of MT1 Herbert L. Repass)
       Mrs. Marilin Outzs - Secretary (wife of BM1 Lehn T. Outzs)
       Mrs. Gloria Land - Treasurer
       Mrs. Ruth Wingfield - By Laws Committee and Parliamentarian
       Mrs. Betty Dyers - By Laws Committee and Chaplain
       Mrs. Donna Doolittle - By Laws Committee
04 Nov
1000 Depart Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
05 - 08 Nov
-
At Sea
09 Nov
0800 Arrive at Marseilles, France
10 - 11 Nov
-
At Marseilles, France
12 Nov
0800 Depart Marseilles, France


1100 Arrive Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
13 - 17 Nov
-
At Villefranche, France
15 Nov
-
TILLEY, Arthur E. Jr. MT2 departs LITTLE ROCK for USNavSchoolCom, Mare Island, CA
18 Nov
1100 Depart Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
19 Nov
-
At Sea
20 Nov
0800 Anchor at Villefranche-sur-Mer


1500 Underway from Villefranche-sur-Mer
21-23 Nov
-
At Sea
22 Nov
-
President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, TX.
?? Nov
-
Talos launch to port
24 Nov
0735 Anchor at Asinara Bay, Sardinia, Italy
25 Nov
1855 Depart Asinara Bay, Sardinia, Italy
26 Nov
1930 Arrive Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
26 Nov - 02 Dec
-
At Villefranche, France
03 Dec
0800 Depart Villefranche-sur-Mer, France


1500 Arrive Livorno, Italy


1730 Depart Livorno, Italy


1955 Arrive La Spezia, Italy
04 - 06 Dec
-
At La Spezia, Italy
07 Dec
0830 Depart La Spezia, Italy
08 - 10 Dec
-
At Sea
09 Dec
-
Talos launch to port
11 Dec
0855 Arrive at Palma, Majorca, Spain
12 - 13 Dec
-
At Palma, Majorca, Spain
14 Dec
0800 Underway from Palma, Majorca, Spain
15 Dec

0935 Arrive at Rota, Spain.


-
USS Springfield CLG-7 relieves LITTLE ROCK as Flagship of Sixth Fleet.


1535 Depart Rota for full speed crossing of Atlantic to be home for Christmas.
16 - 23 Dec
-
At Sea
24 Dec
0855 Arrive Naval Operations Base, Norfolk, VA for the Holidays!
25 - 31 Dec
-
At Naval Operations Base, Norfolk, VA


1964





01 Jan - 02 Feb

-
At Naval Operations Base, Norfolk, VA
03 Feb
-
Depart Norfolk for training exercises off Virginia coast.
07 Feb
-
Arrive Norfolk, VA for weekend.
10 Feb
-
Depart Norfolk for training exercises off Virginia coast.
14 Feb
-
Arrive Norfolk, VA
03 Mar
-
Depart Norfolk for Caribbean for Operation SPRING-BOARD 64 and missile firings.
?? Mar
-
Visited St. Thomas, VI and Roosevelt Roads, PR
28 Mar
-
Arrive Norfolk, VA
08 - 15 Apr
-
Participated in "Operation QUICK-KICK V" off VA coast.
27 - 29 Apr
-
At sea off southern Virginia coast
04 - 05 May
-
At sea practicing drills for annual inspections and drills competition
02 Jun
-
Depart Norfolk for Annapolis, MD to embark 275 Midshipmen
03 Jun
-
At Annapolis, MD to embark Midshipmen. In company with USS LAKE CHAPLAIN (CVS-39), USS NANTAHALA (AO-60) and destroyers of Squadron 16 and Division 122. (See Note 6.)
04 Jun
-
Depart Annapolis for North Atlantic training cruise LANTMIDTRARON '64  (See Notes 3 & 4.)
07 Jun
-
ETR2 Joseph E. Cislo is transferred by ship's helo to USS Stickell DD 888 at Latitude 37N, Longitude 57W.  (See Note 5 below.)
17 Jun - 24 Jun
-
Cherbourg, France



Tours Available:

Caen and Invasion Beaches June 18, 19, 20, 23, 24 $14.50
Bikini Gazing at Trouville, Deauville June 19, 20, 22, 23
$10.00
Two Days in Paris June 19, 20 $31.00
Three Days in Paris
June 17, 21 $43.00

Jun 25 - Jul 02
-
Amsterdam, Holland








Tours Available:

Amsterdam June 25, 29, 30 $3.00
Aalsmer, The Hague and Beaches June 26       $8.50



The Dutch newspapers ran several articles on the LITTLE ROCK's arrival.

   "Modern American Cruiser to Visit"

Amsterdam, June 23 - A modern guided-missile cruiser of the U.S. Navy "USS Little Rock"
will visit Amsterdam on 25 June to 2 July.


Saturday afternoon, 27 June and Sunday, 28 June, the Little Rock will be on display to the
public from 2 to 4 pm at the Javakade.


The ship is part of the tenth cruiser hunter flotilla of U.S. Navy. The commander of the flotilla,
the Rear-Admiral Harry Hull travels to Amsterdam. The "Little Rock" is under the command
of Captain Clarence E. Bell.


The crew members will, during their seven day stay in the Netherlands, participate in baseball
and volleyball games against Dutch teams and make visits to the cheese market in Alkmaar, the flower auction in Aalsmeer and Muiderslot.


The visit to Amsterdam holds an informal character. The "Little Rock" will arrive Thursday morning June 25 at about six-thirty in IJmuiden and choose from the nine berths at the Javakade in Amsterdam.



USS "Little Rock" to visit Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (Reuters)

A modern guided-missile cruiser of the U.S. Navy, the USS "Little Rock" will visit Amsterdam on 25 June to 2 July.
Jul 03 - Jul 13
-
Portsmouth, England (for 4th of July).

Tours Available:

Windsor and Hampton Court Daily, July 4 - 12 $7.00
Winchester and Salisbury Daily, July 3 - 11 $7.00
London (1 day) Daily July 4 - 12 $6.50
London (2 days) Daily July 4 - 12 $23.50
London (3 days) July 3, 5, 7, 9 $36.00
Shakespeare Country (2 days) Daily July 7, 9 $24.50

Jul 14 - 23
-
Underway enroute Norfolk, VA
24 Jul
-
Arrive Norfolk, VA
24 Aug
-
Depart Norfolk VA for Roosevelt Roads, PR for missile firings.
29 - 30 Aug
-
St. Thomas, VI
05 Sep
-
Arrive Norfolk, VA
12 Sep
-
Capt. Roderick O. Middleton relieves Capt. C. Edwin Bell Jr.
05 Oct
-
Depart Norfolk for training exercises off Virginia coast
23 Oct
-
Arrive Naval Operations Base, Norfolk, VA.
24 Oct - 27 Nov
-
At Norfolk. Preparations being made for Mediterranean deployment.
26 Nov
-
Thanksgiving Day in Norfolk
28 Nov
-
Depart Norfolk VA for Caribbean Sea for missile firings
Nov ?? - Dec ??
-
St. Thomas, VI and Caribbean Sea
05 Dec
-
Depart for Mediterranean
12 Dec
-
INCHOP to Sixth Fleet
14 Dec
-
Arrive Gibraltar to relieve USS SPRINGFIELD CLG-7.


-
Depart same day for Naples, Italy.
20 Dec
-
Arrive Naples, Italy for Christmas holidays.
21 - 27 Dec
-
At Naples, Italy
27 Dec
-
Depart for La Spezia, Italy. At sea replenishment.
30 Dec
-
Arrive La Spezia, Italy
31 Dec
-
At La Spezia, Italy for New Year's.


1965





01 - 03 Jan
-
At La Spezia, Italy
05 - 11 Jan
-
USS LITTLE ROCK is engaged in MEDLANDEX 1-65 (Mediterranean Landing Exercise), a large scale operation which included USS SARATOGA CVA-62, USS SEMMES DDG-18, USS TATNALL DDG-19, and USS CHARLES ADAMS DDG-2 along with an amphibious task unit consisting of LST’s, LSD’s and LPH’s.
11- 15 Jan
-
Toulon, France
22 Jan - 02 Feb
-
Cannes, France
12 - 24 Feb
-
Barcelona, Spain
25 Feb
-
Arrive Gaeta, Italy
05 - 11 Mar
-
Palermo. Sicily
11 - 14 Mar
-
Messina, Italy
17 Mar
-
USS LITTLE ROCK anchored in Augusta Bay, Sicily with USS SARATOGA and other U.S. Navy ships including one Essex class attack aircraft carrier, another CLG, two DLG's, six DD's, two AO's and several other auxiliaries. (Photo)
24 - 30 Mar
-
Valletta, Malta
01 - 05 Apr
-
Taranto, Italy
15 - 20 Apr
-
Istanbul, Turkey
22 - 29 Apr
-
Izmir, Turkey
07 - 17 May
-
Naples, Italy
29 May - 01 Jun
-
Malaga, Spain
?? Jun
-
Relieved as Flagship Sixth Fleet by USS ALBANY CG-10.
02 Jun
-
Gibraltar (OUTCHOP)
02 - 10 Jun
-
Enroute Norfolk, VA
19 Jun
-
LITTLE ROCK relieves USS NEWPORT NEWS CA-148 and assumes duty as flagship of COMSECONDFLT (VADM Kleber S. Masterson) and NATO Strikeforce Atlantic.
?? Jul
-
At New York City for the World's Fair, tied up in Brooklyn, NY.
24 Aug
-
Depart for 6 weeks in North Atlantic.
24 Aug - 11 Sep
-
Underway
25 Aug
-
Test firing of three (3) Talos missiles (link to video by FTM3 Bill Passauer)
11 - 15 Sep
-
Stockholm, Sweden
18 - 22 Sep
-
Southampton (Portsmouth), England
23 Sep
-
Arrive at Amsterdam, Netherlands


-
Dutch newspaper articles:


"American Cruiser Little Rock to Amsterdam"


From 23 to 29 September the American cruiser Little Rock will visit Amsterdam. This ship, the commander of US "Striking Fleet Atlantic," Vice Admiral K.S. Masterson, USN on board.

The "Little Rock" has a standard displacement of 1600 tons, a length of 200 meters, a width of 22 meters and a depth of eight meters. It is armed with a launcher for Talos missiles (the Bendix Remjet Powered Talos surface to air missile) which weapon has a range of 65 miles and is capable of carrying nuclear warheads. Furthermore, the ship is armed with a triplet arrangement of 6 inch guns, a dual arrangement of 5 inch (guns) and launching tubes for anti-submarine torpedoes. The crew consists of 67 officers and 1010 non-commissioned officers and privates. The "Little Rock" brings an informal visit to Amsterdam. The ship is moored at the Sumatrakade.
(*)


Another Amsterdam newspaper article read:

"The flagship of the US Atlantic Fleet, the cruiser Little Rock, yesterday with a crew of 1,200 men walked into the port of Amsterdam. In the background is the Dutch cruiser HNLMS The Ruyter."  

(
A photo of the LITTLE ROCK, with the HNLMS The Ruyter. in background, as well as a tug and a rowboat!)
(*)

(*) Copies of the above newspaper articles were generously furnished by USS Little Rock fan Joop Van der Does, Amsterdam, Netherlands

23 - 27 Sep
-
At Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 Sep
-
Capt. Oscar F. Dreyer relieves Capt. Roderick O. Middleton


-
LITTLE ROCK gets underway for Norfolk
29 Sep
-
USS LITTLE ROCK crosses the Arctic Circle at Longitude 02° 50' W.  All crew members on board at this time are entitled to the "Realm of the Arctic Circle" Certificate. (Sometimes referred to as the "Bluenose" certificate.)
?? Sep - ?? Oct
-
USS LITTLE ROCK crew witnesses the break-up of a tanker in heavy seas.
(Need confirmation on this.... contact Webmaster)
07 Oct
-
Arrive Norfolk, VA.
Fall ??
-
Caribbean?  Roosevelt Roads?
16 Nov
-
0001 At anchor Lynnhaven Roads


-
0820 Underway for Engineering and Damage Control exercises.




NOTES:

1.
Date shown for ports generally indicate arrival date.
2.
Port stays are typically 3-5 days.
3.
LANTMIDTRARON '64 deployed 15 ships, with a total of over 8000 men.
The ships involved were:

   USS  LITTLE ROCK (Flagship)
   USS  ESSEX (Aircraft Carrier )
   USS  NANTAHALA (Tanker)
   USS  CONY (Destroyer)
   USS  FORREST ROYAL (Destroyer)
   USS  STICKELL (Destroyer)
   USS  C.R. WARE (Destroyer)
   USS  ZELLERS (Destroyer)
   USS  HARWOOD (Destroyer)
   USS  NEW (Destroyer)
   USS  DAMATO (Destroyer)
   USS  BIGELOW (Destroyer)
   USS  McCAFFERY (Destroyer)
   USS  W.C. LOWE (Destroyer)
   USS  A.M. SUMNER (Destroyer)

Ships participating in LANTMIDTRARON '64 were under
CRUDESFLOT TEN,  RADM Harry Hull.


4.

End of Cruise "official" correspondence included the following:


USNA ANNA

COMCRUDESFLOT TEN

CINCLANTFLT / COMSECONDFLT / COMCRUDESLANT

FOR RADM HULL

1 . AS TG 23.1  MAKES  ITS LAST PORT OF CALL TO COMPLETE LANTMIDTRARON-64  A SIGNIFICANT AND LASTING EXPERIENCE IS ENDING FOR HER EMBARKED MIDSHIPMEN. YOUR WORK IN THE MONTHS OF PRE-CRUISE PLANNING, THE EMBARKATION  ON 4 JUNE AND THE SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF THE CRUISE ITSELF HAS GIVEN THESE YOUNG MEN A  DEEP  INSIGHT IN HOW THEIR NAVY OPERATES, LIVES, PREPARES TO FIGHT AND REPRESENTS OUR SERVICE AND NATION ABROAD. ON BEHALF OF OUR MIDSHIPMEN THE SINCERE THANKS OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY IS EXTENDED TO YOU, YOUR STAFF AND TO THE SHIPS OF LANTMIDTRARON-64.

RADM MINTER


COMCRUDESFLOT TEN

USNA ANNAPOLIS

TG 23.1 / CINCLANTFLT / COMSECONDFLT / COMCRUDESLANT


FOR RADM MINTER


THANK YOU FOR YOUR MESSAGE.  ALL HANDS HAVE BEEN  DEEPLY IMPRESSED BY THE RESPONSIVENESS AND ENTHUSIASM OF BOTH  USNA  AND  NROTC  MIDN. THE NAVY'S FUTURE IS IN GOOD HANDS. HULL

5.

Shipmate Joe Cislo ETR2 (OE Div. '64-'65) in an email tells us "I took the helo ride over to the Stickell to repair their crypto receiver, but I did come back after 3-4 hours or so.  While I really was a "radar" guy, I attended a crypto repair school in Portsmouth while the ship was in Norfolk earlier in 1964.  I did luck out that they had all of parts and was able to fix their gear--it wasn't a wasted trip.  I think that was why I was given that joking award for the helo ride. I hate to think what would have happened if their receiver was beyond repair."

Ed. Note: In recognition of his efforts Joe received a LITTLE ROCK "Salty Helohopper Certificate".


6.

During the LANTMIDTRARON '64 training cruise, in addition to the ports visited by LITTLE ROCK, other ships of from our fleet visited Copenhagen, Denmark; Antwerp, Belgium; Sandefjord - Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden.
(A copy of the Cruise Book for this event is available on CD from the Ship's Store.)



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