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


Last updated: 15 Feb 2014


1957 - 1965

1957     1958     1959     1960     1961     1962     1963     1964     1965



1957
 
13 Jan

USS LITTLE ROCK (CL92) arrives at New York Ship Building, Camden NJ for conversion preparation.
30 Jan
Conversion started to change LITTLE ROCK to CLG (Galveston-class) configuration.
23 May
LITTLE ROCK CL92 designation changed to CLG4.

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. (Picture)


1960

27 - 30 Apr

Undergoing builder's trials.
27 Apr

Builder's Trials - Conduct Events #1 - #39
28 Apr

Builder's Trials - Conduct Events #40 - #64
29 Apr

Builder's Trials - Conduct Events #65 - #79
06 May

Delivered to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
03 Jun




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
Albert A. Sevey YN1 becomes first sailor to reenlist on LITTLE ROCK as CLG4.
25 Jul
Depart Philadelphia NSY for NWS Yorktown, VA.
26 Jul
Moored at Naval Weapons Station pier to load missile and ammunition.
27 Jul
Underway for Virginia Capes, Operations Area, Night steaming.
28 Jul
Conduct test firing and calibration of 5" and 6" guns.
29 Jul

0900  Degaussing Range
1300  Moored at Naval Base, Norfolk, VA
30 - 31 Jul
Upkeep in port.
01 Aug
Underway for Virginia Capes, Operations Area. Swing ship. Night steaming.
02 - 04 Aug
At sea. Electronics calibration.
05 Aug
Return to Norfolk Naval Base.
06 - 07 Aug
Upkeep in port.
29 Aug

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 on 29 Aug 1960. (Go to Talos Missile page.)
30 Aug



Underway off Virginia Capes conducting Talos Missile Slug launches (see above).
Three additional launches were conducted on 30 Aug 1960. (Go to Talos Missile page.)
05 Sep
Arrive Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for shakedown cruise training.
? Sep
San Juan, Puerto Rico
17 - 19 Sep
LITTLE ROCK makes her first foreign port of call (as CLG4) at Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
13 Oct
At sea. (Picture 1 ) (Picture 2) (Picture 3)
15 Oct
Depart Guantanamo Bay, for missile firing range. LITTLE ROCK fired eight Talos missiles during the following two-week period
21 Oct


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


1961

01 - 03 Jan

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

Concluded U.S. Atlantic Fleet Exercise 1-61.
Detached to Philadelphia Naval Base for preparations for Med cruise.
25 Jan
Capt. Frederic A. Chenault relieves Capt. Jewett O. Phillips
09 Feb



USS LITTLE ROCK departs Philadelphia, PA for first European cruise as CLG4.
(This is the first major deployment of a Talos guided missile cruiser.)
USS LITTLE ROCK deployed as Flagship for  COMCRUDIVFOUR.
Drone Squadron VU6  Lt(jg) F.T. Cunningham, OIC, plus 10 enlisted men embarked.
18 Feb
Transited Straits of Gibraltar (first time as CLG4)
18 - 20 Feb

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

Transit Dardanelles enroute to Istanbul, Turkey. Steaming in company with USS Shangrila CVA38, USS Purvis DD709, and Destroyer Division 322.
24 - 29 Mar

Istanbul, Turkey.
RADM Francis T. Williamson relieves RADM James W. Davis as ComCruDesFour
27 Mar
Personnel Inspection
31 Mar


At sea.
Good Friday Services held on Mess Decks.
Conducted Electronic Countermeasures exercises.
31 Mar - 03 Apr
LITTLE ROCK at Izmir, Turkey.
04 - 08 Apr


Underway with Task Unit 60.2.1.
USS PURVIS DD-709 uses drone launched from LITTLE ROCK for anti-aircraft firing exercise.
08 Apr
Istanbul, Turkey
10 - 11 Apr
Taranto, Italy
14 Apr
Rota, Spain
16 Apr


At sea.
Anti-submarine exercises.
1300 (approx.) Refuel from USS NANTAHALA AO60.
17 - 19 Apr
On this day in history....  Cuba "Bay of Pigs" Invasion.
19 Apr
Rota, Spain
21 - 24 Apr


At Bordeaux, France as flagship of US 6th Fleet (VADM George W. Martin) for  meeting of European-American Association Council.
General James "Jumpin Jim" Gavin, US Ambassador to France, visits USS LITTLE ROCK.
25 Apr

Bay of Biscay - 40 Knot winds & heavy seas with damage to forward areas.
Operating with USS ROOSEVELT CVA 42, USS 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
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

Gunnery exercises. Expended 24 5”38 rounds.
08 May






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
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.
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.
"At 1403 a jet aircraft launched from USS ROOSEVELT crashed about 100 yards ahead of carrier. USS MULLINNIX DD 944 was directed to undertake rescue of downed pilot...."
(See 1. below.)
At 1530, USS LITTLE ROCK CLG 4 and USS Laffey DD 724 joined in the search.....
The pilot was never recovered." (See 1. below.)

Ed. Note:  It may be that LITTLE ROCK participated in a Search and Rescue mission on
                  22 May, but it is unlikely that "The pilot was never recovered." as stated above.


     (1.)   Excerpted from “The Last Gun Ship - History of USS Mullinnix DD-944” - A Historical Novel
              by Frank A. Wood)
     (
2.)   Records show an aircraft with BuOrd No. 146839 from USS Roosevelt was lost on 22 May 61. The
              records also state "Pilot ejected."
     (3.)  
NavSource has the following info: "LCDR William John Burke....  a naval aviator aboard FDR, was
              killed in an air accident in Greece, 16 May 1961."

     (4.)   The USS Roosevelt website has the folowing: "1961 LCDR William J Burke, DOD 16 MAY 1961‚
              Athens, Greece.
     (5.)   A website detailing the ejection history for the F-8 Crusader has:
"Losses & Ejections, Part 1: 1956-1964,
              22nd May 1961, USN, Crusader RF-8A, (BuOrd No.)146839, VFP-62, CVA-42, USS Franklin D.
              Roosevelt, LT W. G. Offerman ejected.
     (6)    However, there is some evidence that W.G. Offerman died in the Aegean Sea in May of 1961.
23 May





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 DD834.
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
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
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 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.
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

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.
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".
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
Captain F.A. Chenault sends a letter to Mr. & Mrs. Oris B. Lollar along with a check for more than $3000.00 to help "off set 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

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



0825 - 1104  Firing exercises with 5” gun. Expended 39 rounds of 5”/38 VT and
                     8 rounds of 5”/38 AAC
1305 - 1514  Refuel from USS SALAMONIE AO 26
1700 - 1815  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



At Naples, Italy
Naples hosting the Naples Invitational Softball Tournament, a five-day elimination tournament.
LITTLE ROCK loses to MULLINNIX
Midshipmen arrive for 6 week summer cruise. (MEDMIDCRUISE 1-61)
27 Jun
53 men departed for a tour of Rome, Italy.
03 Jul

ComCruDiv4 arrives for one day visit.
CinCSouth arrives for evening visit.
04 Jul
Full Dress Ship.
05 - 09 Jul
Operations at sea.
10 - 17 Jul
Genoa, Italy
17 - 21 Jul
Major Fleet Exercises
22 Jul
At Naples, Italy to exchange Midshipmen for another 6 week cruise. (MEDMIDCRUISE 1-61)
26 Jul

At Fleet Anchorage, Aranci Bay.
USS 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
Livorno, Italy. (Photos)
29 Jul
Enrique Avila and 11 other Italian movie stars visit LITTLE ROCK.
07 - 13 Aug
Major Fleet Exercises
10 Aug
CS2 Roger R. Sellers reenlists for 6 years.
13 Aug

East Germany erects Berlin Wall
14 Aug
Livorno, Italy.
14 - 16 Aug
At Fleet Anchorage Golfo de Palmas, Mallorca (to be relieved by USS NEWPORT NEWS CA148)
15 Aug

LITTLE ROCK relieved as flagship (VADM David L. McDonald) by USS NEWPORT NEWS.
16 Aug

ENS William G. Stoops relieves LTJG Kevin Wilson as Disbursing Officer.
USS LITTLE ROCK departs for CONUS.
18 Aug

Transit Straits of Gibraltar.
USS LITTLE ROCK rejoins 2nd Fleet.
29 Aug
Arrive Boston, MA.
30 Aug

Arrive Norfolk, VA for 30 days leave and upkeep.
01 Sep
USS LITTLE ROCK joins Cruiser Division Two.
08 Sep

VADM John McN. Taylor assumes command of U.S. Second Fleet.
06 Oct
VADM Taylor shifts flag to USS LITTLE ROCK from USS Northampton CC1.
16 Oct
Depart Norfolk for 2nd Fleet ops in Atlantic
28 - 29 Oct
LITTLE ROCK at Morehead City, NC.
04 Nov
Arrive Norfolk, VA
13 Nov
Depart NORVA with 5 SecNav guests for San Juan, PR.
16 - 17 Nov
Missile Firing Exercise off Puerto Rico.
18 Nov

Disembark SecNav guests.
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 (?)
Depart for Norfolk, VA
?? Nov
Arrived Norfolk, VA.


1962

08 Jan
Depart Norfolk for Atlantic Fleet Exercises.
12 - 14 Jan
Mayport, FL
15 Jan

Guided Missileman (GS) rating is redesignated Missile Technician (MT)
18 - 19 Jan
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
20 - 24 Jan
Operated off southern coast
?? Jan

Kingston, Jamaica
20 - 26 Jan
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
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
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 feet, 6 inches. Draft aft: 25 feet, 0 inches.
1053  Completed fueling having received 70, 140 gals NSFO at 60 F.
          Draft forward: 25 feet,  9 inches.  Draft aft: 25 feet, 0 inches.
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  The 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 62





























0000  Moored starboard side to pier #7, berth #71, U.S. Naval Base, NORFOLK, VA. 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. YThe 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 charg
          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



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,
          VIRGINIA….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 under-
          going 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, VIRGINIA. 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. Ships present include th
          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, DAM NECK, 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 by
          3000 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
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
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

TILLEY, Arthur E. Jr. MT2 reports on board LITTLE ROCK
07 Aug
E5 Exams
09 Aug
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, Virginia.
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 a
          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 stream 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
At Sea. (Picture)
Nov - Dec
LITTLE ROCK in Portsmouth for remainder of 1962


1963

01 - 31 Jan

At Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
11 Jan

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

At Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
05 Feb
0900  Depart NNSY Portsmouth for Yorktown, VA.   
06 Feb

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
At  Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
09 Feb
ComCruDesFltEight broke his flag on LITTLE ROCK
11 Feb
0900  Underway for Caribbean Sea for RefTra and TALOS missile tests.
12 - 17 Feb

At Sea
18 Feb

0800  Drop anchor San Juan, Puerto Rico
19 Feb

0700  Depart San Juan, Puerto Rico
20 Feb

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
???

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
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 U.S. NavSchoolCom, 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  Arrived Naval Operations Base, Norfolk, VA for the Holidays!
25 - 31 Dec

At Naval Operations Base, Norfolk, VA


1964

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.)
Jun 17 - 24

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

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

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
24 - 27 Sep
Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 Sep

Capt. Oscar F. Dreyer relieves Capt. Roderick O. Middleton
LITTLE ROCK 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.)
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:

Note 1.
Date shown for ports generally indicate arrival date.
Note 2.
Port stays are typically 3-5 days.
Note 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)

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Note 4.

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

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

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Note 5.
Joe Cislo, 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".
Note 6.
During the LANTMIDTRARON '64 training cruise, in addition to the ports visited by LITTLE ROCK, other ships of the 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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