The CLG4 / CG4 Photo Tour

Navy and other "Official" Photographs
 
Page last updated: 03 November, 2017


Little Rock at El Morro


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Camden 1958-1959
USS Little Rock, at Camden, NJ

1958 or early 1959


Moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, NJ while undergoing conversion to a guided missile cruiser. This photo was taken before installation of the large diamond-shaped AN/SPS-2 search radar antenna.
The AN/SPS-2 antenna can be seen sitting on the dock just aft of the ship.


Most likely an official U.S. Navy Photograph,
received from shipmate John Breslin S1/C 1945-1946
Little Rock pierside, Camden, NJ
USS Little Rock, Camden, NJ
Bow View

19 Dec 1959


Moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, NJ
on 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98972
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

CLG4 Camden, NJ 1959
USS Little Rock, Camden, NJ
Stern View

Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, NJ probably on 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship. The ship is undergoing inclining testing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
1959 Camden Inclining Experiments
USS Little Rock, Camden, NJ
Radar and Super-structure View


Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, NJ probably on 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship. The ship is undergoing inclining testing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Inclining Experiment 1
USS Little Rock, Camden, NJ
Undergoing Inclining Experiment


Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, NJ probably on 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship. The ship is undergoing inclining testing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the U.S. Archives, College Park, MD.
Inclining Experiment 2
USS Little Rock, Camden, NJ
Undergoing Inclining Experiment


Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, NJ probably on 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship. The ship is undergoing inclining testing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the U.S. Archives, College Park, MD.
Inclining Experiment 3
USS Little Rock, Camden, NJ
Undergoing Inclining Experiment


Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, NJ probably on 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship. The ship is undergoing inclining testing.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the U.S. Archives, College Park, MD.
CLG4 19 Dec. 1959
USS Little Rock, Camden, NJ
Undergoing Inclining Experiment


Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard in Camden, NJ probably on 19 December 1959, while completing conversion to a guided missile ship. The ship is undergoing inclining testing. (Photo has been enhanced.)

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the U.S. Archives, College Park, MD.
Radars ID'd
USS Little Rock, at Camden, NJ
 Various Radars and Antennae
Starboard Bow view.

Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corpo- ration in Camden, NJ.  See photo above. Photo has been altered so as to identify all major radars and antennae,

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the U.S. Archives, College Park, MD.
Radars ID'd
USS Little Rock, at Camden, NJ
 Various Radars and Antennae.
Starboard Quarter view.

Photo was taken while Little Rock was moored at the New York Shipbuilding Corpo- ration in Camden, NJ. See photo above. Photo has been altered so as to identify all major radars and antennae,

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the U.S. Archives, College Park, MD.
Little Rock Underway 27 April 1960
USS Little Rock Underway for Builders Trials

27 April 1960

USS Little Rock underway from New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, NJ for her first day of Builders Trials. This is the earliest known photo of Little Rock underway after her conversion to CLG4. Look closely and you'll see many personnel on deck who are not in Navy uniforms.

Most likely an Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
1960 Commissioning
USS Little Rock CLG-4 Commissioning

03 June 1960

U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 commissioning at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with Rear Admiral Charles H. Lyman, Commandant of the 4th Naval District (at the podium),  Capt. Jewett O. Phillips assuming command and Senator J. William Fulbright (in dark suit, seated below right-hand Talos missile) delivering the commissioning address. Also in attendance: Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Materiel,  Cecil P. Milne and over 2000 spectators.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH 98963
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
CLG4 Commissioning Day Crowd
USS Little Rock CLG-4 Commissioning

03 June 1960

U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 commissioning at the Philadelphia Navy Yard with Rear Admiral Charles H. Lyman, Commandant of the 4th Naval District,  Capt. Jewett O. Phillips assuming command and Senator J. William Fulbright delivering the commissioning address. Also in attendance: Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Materiel,  Cecil P. Milne and over 2000 spectators.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Little Rock Underway
USS Little Rock Underway

13 October 1960

Photographed by PH1 Kinley

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98948
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Little Rock Underway
USS Little Rock Underway
 
13 October 1960

Photographed by PH1 Kinley

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98949
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

CLG-4 At Sea 1960-1961 USS Little Rock Underway
 
13 October 1960

Photographed by PH1 Kinley

Official U.S. Navy Photograph 1050408
Little Rock at El Morro

USS Little Rock off San Juan, PR

 
The Little Rock steams off Castillo San Felipe del Morro, on the northwest tip of San Juan, Puerto Rico, circa 1960. Note the old cannon in the fort, including five muzzle-loading types at left and a late 19th Century breech-loading rifle in the center. At the time this photo was taken, the fort was still under the control of the U.S. Army.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98951
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Most likely Fall 1960.
CLG4 at El Morro Castle, San Juan, PR
USS Little Rock off San Juan, PR
 
Another view of LITTLE ROCK steaming off "El Morro Fortress" San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is almost for certain a second shot by the same photographer as the photo above. Most likely taken moments after the above photo. 

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections at the U.S. National Archives, College Park, MD

Little Rock Underway
Little Rock Underway

At sea (circa November 1960) with crew paraded on deck.

The original caption released with this photograph on 8 November 1960 reads: "USS Little Rock Returns to Philadelphia. The U.S.S. Little Rock (CLG-4) returns to Philadelphia Friday (Nov. 11) after a successful two month training cruise in the Caribbean, the Navy announced today. The powerful TALOS missile ship and her 1100 man crew will arrive at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard about 2 p.m. Little Rock will be in the yard for a holiday leave period lasting nearly two months. In January the ship departs for Norfolk, Va., for Atlantic Fleet Exercises."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #NH 98950
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Little Rock in Philadelphia
USS Little Rock at Philadelphia, PA

At the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania, in December 1960, probably while undergoing an inclining experiment. Note scaffolding around her masts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #NH98975
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

CLG4 Underway 1961
USS Little Rock at Sea - Possibly off the VA Capes

Photo probably taken ca. 1960-1961.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
CLG4 moves into drydock at Philadelphia
USS Little Rock moving into Dry Dock
Philadelphia NSY, Philadelphia, PA

November 1960

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Little Rock in Philadelphia Drydock
USS Little Rock - In Dry Dock
Philadelphia NSY, Philadelphia, PA

This photo is from the 1960-1961 Cruise Book.

(The picture was taken winter of 1960-1961.)

Little Rock at Sea
USS Little Rock Underway at Sea,

While operating with a Second Fleet task force, 19 January 1961.

Taken by PHC C.A. Berntsen, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98952
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Aerial View of CLG4
USS Little Rock at Sea - Air View

Photo probably taken in 1960 or 1961.

Origin of photo is unknown.
Most likely an
Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Little Rock refueling
USS Little Rock refuels
from USS Salamonie AO-26 (center) with
USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42 (right), and
USS Beatty DD-756 in back.

Picture most likely taken in the Mediterranean Sea,  ca. 1961.

Photograph courtesy of  USNAVYPHOTOS.COM
USS Little Rock Valletta Harbor, Moroco
USS Little Rock at Valletta Harbor, Malta

LITTLE ROCK makes her first port call in the
Mediterranean during her 1961 cruise.
Note the crew on deck and the rigged awnings

Photo is from a postcard.
Copyright by Anthony & Joseph Pavia
Valletta, Malta
Little Rock firing Talos Missile
USS Little Rock fires a Talos Missile

Picture taken during exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, 4 May 1961.

Taken by PH3 D.R. Botts, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98953
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Little Rock at Livorn, Italy 29 Jul 1961
USS Little Rock CLG-4 approach to Livorno, Italy

Probably 29 July 1961

U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 makes her approach to the harbor as Livorno, Italy.
Exact date is unknown. Stamp on photo indicates 29 Jul 1961.

Photo is from the collection of Capt. Frederic A. Chenault, CO 1961-1962
Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
Litle Rock at Livorno, Italy 1961
USS Little Rock CLG-4 Livorno, Italy

Probably 29 July 1961

U.S.S. Little Rock CLG-4 with assistance of three tugs moors at Livorno, Italy.  Exact date is unknown, but is most likely her arrival at Livorno, Italy on 29 Jul 1961.

Source of photo is unknown.
Most likely an Official US Navy photo.

ittle Rock as 2nd Flt Flag Ship
USS Little Rock as Second Fleet Flagship
 
A spectacular picture of the USS Little Rock as Flagship Second Fleet.
Photo most likely taken in the Caribbean in November 1961.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

From the collection of Captain Frederic A. Chenault,
Commanding Officer,  25 Jan 61 - 07 Feb 62
Little Rock in Carribean 1960 USS Little Rock in the Caribbean Sea
 
USS Little Rock with carrier (possibly USS Saratoga), most likely
late 1961 - early 1962.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

From the collection of Captain Frederic A. Chenault,
Commanding Officer,  25 Jan 61 - 07 Feb 62
Hi Speed Run
USS Little Rock making a High-Speed Run
 
A great picture taken from the top of the Missile House of
LITTLE ROCK making a high-speed run most in the Caribbean.
Photo is circa November 1961.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

From the collection of Captain Frederic A. Chenault,
Commanding Officer,  25 Jan 61 - 07 Feb 62
Talos off Little Rock
USS Little Rock fires a Talos Missile

While off San Juan, Puerto Rico 16 Nov 1961.

Taken by Seaman Lenhoff

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98954
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Talos Launch Nov 1961
USS Little Rock fires another Talos Missile

Taken 16 or 17 Nov 1961.

This photograph was probably taken about the same time as
the photo above, however the photos are not of the same event.
Photo is from the collection of Captain Frederic A. Chenault.

Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
1962 Change of Command
USS Little Rock Change of Command Ceremony

07 Feb 1962

Change of Command, Norfolk Operating Base, Norfolk, VA
Captain J. R. Payne relieves Captain F.A. Chenault
Photo is from the collection of Captain Frederic A. Chenault.

Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
1962 Change of Command
USS Little Rock Change of Command Ceremony

07 Feb 1962

Change of Command, Norfolk Operating Base, Norfolk, VA
Captain J. R. Payne relieves Captain F.A. Chenault
Photo is from the collection of Captain Frederic A. Chenault.

Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
CLG4 Uderway
USS Little Rock Underway
 
Date Unknown

This photo, similar to the photo below was taken at a different time. The photo was obtained from Ms. Valerie Blouin, grand-daughter of Mere Germaine owner of "La Mere Germaine" in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Ms. Blouin received it from her cousin "Kelley". 

The photo probably was taken between commissioning and the 1962 over- haul. (Note the unique diamond-shaped antenna on the aft mast.) The shoreline and the buildings in the distance are somewhat similar to the  coast of Virginia as you approach Norfolk.

Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
Little Rock Underway
USS Little Rock Underway
 
08 Nov 1962

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98958
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

CLG4 Air View
USS Little Rock at Sea - Air View

Photo taken after 1962.

Origin of photo is unknown.
Personnel Inspection
USS Little Rock Personnel Inspection

ca. 1962-196
3

Photo shows the crew mustered topside for  Personnel Inspection.

Location, source and date of photo are unknown.

Little Rock with USS Saratoga
USS Little Rock with USS Saratoga CVA-60

Probably July 1963


This is an official Navy photo most likely taken from an aircraft off of the USS Saratoga. The photo has the following info stamped on the reverse side: CVA-6061359-7-63. AERIAL VIEW OF USS LITTLE ROCK AND USS SARATOGA CVA-60.
 
Photo obtained by Art Tilley, MT2, 1962-1963
1963 Phot Bow On
USS Little Rock - Bow On Photo

1963

Official Navy photo
 
1963 Ed Bergeron Photo
USS Little Rock - Cyprus

07 Oct 1963

Photo was taken October 7, 1963 from a ship's liberty launch while Little Rock was anchored  off Famagusta, Cyprus.
 
Photo taken and copyright by Ed Bergeron EM2, 1962-64
CLG4 with DD821
USS Little Rock with USS Johnston DD-821

ca. 1963-1964

Location is probably Genoa or Naples.

Origin of photo is unknown.
Little Rock in Kiel Canal
USS Little Rock enroute Amsterdam, Holland

June 1964

A great shot of the Little Rock entering the locks at IJmuiden in North
Holland. The town of IJmuiden is at the entrance of the North Sea Canal
which connects the North Sea with IJ Bay in Amsterdam, about 25 miles away.
(Exact location data furnished by Joop van der Does, Dedemsvaart, Holland.)

Photo taken by and provided by
LTJG Bob Ernst, OPS Dept, 1962-65

Little Rock UW Starboard View

USS Little Rock Underway


At sea, circa 1965.

This photograph, which was received by "All Hands" magazine on 9 June 1965, was accompanied by the following caption: "The guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG-4) will take over temporary duty as flagship for Commander Second Fleet Vice Admiral K.S. Masterson on June 19th."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH989
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Augusta Bay, Sicily 17 Mar 65

USS Little Rock in Augusta Bay, Sicily


17 Mar 1965

A significant part of the Sixth Fleet at anchor in Augusta Bay, Sicily, on 17 March 65. Photo details from Naval Historical Center state: "The large carrier, at right, is USS Saratoga (CVA-60). Other U.S. Navy ships visible include one Essex class attack aircraft carrier (CVA), two guided missile light cruisers (CLG), two guided-missile frigates (DLG), six destroyers (DD), two oilers (AO) and other auxiliaries. There are also several merchant ships present." (The Little Rock Assoc. Webmaster believes that the ship closest to the center of the photo is the USS Little Rock.)

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #1111048

From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

At Norfolk NSY Jan 1966 USS Little Rock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

January 1966

Little Rock pierside at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA in
January 1966 just prior to her 32 week
repair and overhaul period. 

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
- #NH98959
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Little Rock at NORVA Sept 1966
USS Little Rock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

1966

Little Rock in drydock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
during her 32 week
repair and overhaul period. 

Most likely an Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

CLG4 at NORVA 28 Sept 1966 USS Little Rock at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

28 September 1966

USS Little Rock at
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA
  during her 32 week
repair and overhaul period. 

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98979

From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
USS Little Rock w/ USS Springfield
USS Little Rock with USS Springfield

In port, Rota, Spain, as USS Little Rock CLG 4 prepares to relieve
USS Springfield CLG 7 as flagship of the Sixth Fleet,
  January 1967.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the 1967-1968 Cruise Book
Little Rock Gaeta Harbor
USS Little Rock at anchor Gaeta

 In the harbor at Gaeta, Italy, her home port as flagship of the Sixth Fleet,  March 1967.

Taken by PHC H.L. Wise, USN

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98956
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Little Rock from Springfield - Naples 1967
USS Little Rock In Naples Bay

Naples Bay, Italy 1967, while serving as flagship of the Sixth Fleet.

By William C. Swisher

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Little Rock
USS Little Rock Leaving Naples Bay

Naples Bay, Italy 31 July 1967, while serving as flagship of the Sixth Fleet.

Taken by PH2 J.E. Higgins, USN

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
- #NH98957
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
CLG4 Date Uncertain
USS Little Rock CLG4

Date and location uncertain.

Crew on deck are in whites, and the forward awning is rigged.
Two trainer missiles are on the launcher.

This appears to be an Official USN photo.
Photograph donated by shipmate William Passauer.
Little Rock w/Springfield and AO54
Two Flagships, One Tanker!

USS Chikaskia (AO54) center, refuels USS Little Rock (CLG4) right, and USS Springfield (CLG7) left, in the Mediterranean, southeast of Palma de Majorca.
Photo most likely taken in the Fall of 1967. (See related news article.)

Official US Navy photo from the collection of Clarence Wolfe,
submitted by Terry D. Gann EM-2 (USNR-Ret.)
CLG4 Off Gaeta Late 1967
USS Little Rock off Gaeta, Italy

LITTLE ROCK off the coast of Gaeta, Italy late 1967.
(The crew is in Blues. Note the ship's small boat
forward of the bow. Most likely preparing to moor.)


Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collection of the U.S. National Archives
Malta - Aug 1967
USS Little Rock Valletta, Malta

LITTLE ROCK enter harbor at Valletta, Malta.
Date is most likely 04 Aug 1967

Most likely an official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Received from shipmate Henry "Hank" Henning
CLG4 in Gaeta, Italy
USS Little Rock at anchor Gaeta, Italy

LITTLE ROCK anchored Gaeta, Italy.
Date not certain

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
From the collection of the U.S. National Archives
Little Rock at Dusk USS Little Rock at Dusk - Gaeta, Italy

In port (probably Gaeta, Italy) at dusk, circa 1967. The original photograph was received by "All Hands" magazine on 26 December 1967.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98960
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
USS Little Rock - 6th Flt Pass In Review
USS Little Rock - 6th Fleet Pass In Review

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet in the Mediter- ranean Sea, the fleet flagship, the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock (CLG-4) passes the aircraft carriers USS Independence (CVA-62), foreground, and USS Shangri-La (CVA-38). The guided missile cruiser USS Columbus (CG-12) steams aft
of Shangri-La.

Date 25 June 1968
Source: USS Independence (CVA-62) 1968-1969 cruise book.
U.S. Navy photo.
USS Little Rock outside of Naples harbor
USS Little Rock at Naples, Italy

14 Aug 1968

Little Rock was at Naples, Italy for change of 6th fleet command from VADM William I. Martin to VADM David C. Richardson on board USS Independence CV62. On the same day a USS Everglades AD 24 crew member,  ET Gary Adams, snapped this photo as well as the photo below. Close examination of the photos will show they were taken within minutes of each other. Gary is the Historian for the USS Everglades Association.

(Note, Little Rock was at Naples for just the 14th of August.)

Thanks to Gary Adams ETCS (Ret) for this photo.
USS Independence outside of Naples harbor
USS Independence CV62 at Naples, Italy

14 Aug 1968


On 14 Aug 1968 6th fleet command changed over from VADM William I. Martin to VADM David C. Richardson. This photo, as well as the one above were taken by USS Everglades AD24 crew member Gary Adams. The two photos were taken within minutes of each other.

Thanks to Gary Adams
ETCS (Ret) for this photo.
Soviet view of CLG4
USS Little Rock CLG-4 as seen from the
Soviet cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov"

In the Mediterranean Sea on 28 October 1968. CO of Soviet cruiser, CAPT Nikolai K. Fedorov (final rank VADM) is in the foreground.

Note:     The Mikhail Kutuzov is now a museum in Novorossiysk, Russia.
                      
Novorossiysk is the main Russian Port on the Black Sea.

Photo submitted by Eugene Ivkin to NavSource Naval History.
Another view from Soviet ship
USS Little Rock CLG-4 as seen from the
Soviet cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov"

Mediterranean Sea on 28 Oct 1968.

Submitted by Eugene Ivkin to NavSource Naval History
Little Rock w/Truckee & Columbus
USS Little Rock sets up with USS Columbus CG-12
to take fuel from USS Truckee AO-147


Probably in the Mediterranean - ca. 1968-69

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Forwarded by Shipmate Jim Embrey DC2 1966-69

USS Little Rock at Lisbon Feb 1969
USS Little Rock at Lisbon, Portugal
04 - 07 Feb 1969

Moored at the Alcantara Docks on the Tagus River.
The
suspension bridge "Ponte 25 de Abril" is aft

Photo  furnished by Art "Butch" Siehl,
SN,
OL Division, and taken by ship's photographer

William M. Reitter PHSN.

CLG4 Underway
USS Little Rock Underway

USS Little Rock underway. Possibly in the Caribbean.

Photo source is unknown.
Malta 68-69
USS Little Rock, Valletta, Malta

Moored in Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta.
Probably December 1969

Photo is from 1968-1969 Cruise Book
Entering Valletta
USS Little Rock, Valletta, Malta

Entering Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta. Probably April 1970

Photo received from LCPL Rick Materna
, USMC
Entering Valletta
USS Little Rock, Valletta, Malta

Entering Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta. Probably April 1970

Photo received from Don Bertelson, EM-1(E Div.), 1968-1970
Entering Valletta
USS Little Rock, Valletta, Malta

Entering Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta. Probably April 1970

Photo received from Don Bertelson, EM-1(E Div.), 1968-1970
CLG4 at Malta
USS Little Rock, Valletta, Malta

  At Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta.
Date is not known.

Photo is marked "Times of Malta"
USS Little Rock at unknown locale USS Little Rock Underway - At Gibraltar

USS LITTLE ROCK underway with canvas awnings rigged.
This photo was previously posted as "Mystery Photo #25".
From various sources we've concluded that the
photo was most likely
taken as
LITTLE ROCK arrived at Gibraltar on 27 Feb 1970

Probably an
Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
USS Little Rock 25th Anniversary
USS Little Rock, 25th Anniversary (?)

Air view of USS Little Rock underway. Photo shows crew
(U.S.M.C. personnel?) forming the numerals "25" on 04 level.
Probably taken 17 Jun 1970, the 25th Anniversary of ship's
commissioning, in preparation for Sec. of Defense Melvin Laird

arrival by helo on that day
. (See 1970 Chronology page.)

Photo source uncertain.
Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
Little Rock on 25th Anniversary
USS Little Rock, 25th Anniversary (?)

Probably taken on 17 Jun 1970

An air view similar to the above photo shows USS Little Rock
underway with crew mustering on deck in whites. A somewhat
closer view than the above photo.

Photo source uncertain.
Most likely an Official US Navy photo.
Little Rock in Rota Spain
USS Little Rock, Rota Spain

Docked at Rota Naval Station, Spain 27 August 1970.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
- #K-86514
CLG4 entering Boston Harbor
USS Little Rock entering Boston Harbor

On October 1970 USS LITTLE ROCK heads into Boston Harbor
on her way to the Boston Naval Shipyard  for scheduled
maintenance and overhaul.

Photo is from the collection of Franklin W Davis ll
(FN, 1968-72, A Division) and is used by permission.
Click HERE to see other photos by Shipmate Davis.
Little Rock Boston Mar 71
USS Little Rock, Boston, MA

In Boston Naval Shipyard, 28 Mar 1971 undergoing inclining experiments.

Official U.S. Navy Photo.

Little Rock in Med
USS Little Rock in the Med

Underway in the Mediterranean Sea 5 January 1972.

Taken by PH1 Robert D. Fennell, USN.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98961
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Boston NSY Dec 72
USS Little Rock, Boston, MA

In Boston Naval Shipyard, 11 December 1972 undergoing inclining experiments.

Official U.S. Navy Photo #98983

Little Rock 1970's
USS Little Rock ca. 1970's

Exact date and location are uncertain. Probably early 1970's.

Most likely an official U.S. Navy Photo.
Little Rock in Northern Europe
USS Little Rock in Northern European Waters

Photographed circa 1972, probably in northern European waters.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH82583
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Underway No. Europe
USS Little Rock in Northern European Waters

This photograph was originally hand-labeled "USS Little Rock at Gaeta".
We believe the photo was incorrectly labeled, and was in fact taken on the
same occasion as the photo above. (Note the helicopter on the fantail.)

Most likely an Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Springfield and Little Rock USS Little Rock arriving in Gaeta, Italy

29 August 1973

In this photo the USS
LITTLE ROCK CLG 4 is just arriving in Gaeta, Italy to relieve the USS SPRINGFIELD CLG 7 as flagship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet. (Note the crew in whites manning the rail and the Marine standing on the bow ready to raise the Union Jack). LITTLE ROCK is being towed to the NATO fuel pier.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Photo taken by PH2 Joseph Greco
Springfield and Little Rock
USS Little Rock with USS Springfield in Gaeta, Italy

29 August 1973

USS LITTLE ROCK moored outboard of  SPRINGFIELD at the NATO fuel pier Gaeta, ItalyOn 01 Sept 1973 the transfer of the Sixth Fleet Flag was completed and LITTLE ROCK assumed the duties of  flagship. LITTLE ROCK and SPRINGFIELD then moved to anchorages in the harbor.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Photo taken by PH2 Joseph Greco
CLG4 and CLG7 at Gaeta, Italy 1973 USS Little Rock with USS Springfield in Gaeta, Italy

September 1973

USS LITTLE ROCK CLG 4 in the foreground and USS SPRINGFIELD CLG 7 moored at Gaeta, Italy sometime after the transfer of the Sixth Fleet Flag was completed.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
Photo taken by PH2 Joseph Greco
Little Rock in Med
USS Little Rock in Gaeta, Italy

Circa 1974


On 04 Sept 2008 Padre Paolo Andrea Natta, Chaplain Raffaele University, Milan, Italy wrote.... "Please take note that the photo represents the Little Rock in the Gulf of Gaeta, Italy. Behind the ship you can see the Gianola Peninsula."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - NH-83498-KN
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

CLG4 at Malta ca. 1975
USS Little Rock, at Valletta, Malta

  USS Little Rock moored in Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta
ca. 1975


Photo source unknown.
Little Rock comes alongside NEOSHO
LITTLE ROCK with USS NEOSHO AO 143

LITTLE ROCK pulls alongside USS Neosho AO 143
in preparation to take on fuel in the Mediterranean Sea.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-109962
taken by PH1 L. M. MacKay dated 21 April 1975.
CLG4 Fires 6"/47
USS Little Rock fires her 6"/47 guns

....during exercises on the Salto di Guirra missile range,  off Sardinia, 23 April 1975.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #K-108728
Little Rock and Saratoga
USS Little Rock with the Fleet

Steaming with USS Saratoga (CV-60) and other units of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, en route to an anchorage near Gaeta, Italy, on 16 March 1976. The ships are returning from a training exercise.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph - #NH98962
From the collections of the Naval Historical Center.
Little Rock at Gaeta 1976
USS Little Rock at NATO Pier Gaeta, Italy 1976

USS Little Rock moored to N..T.O. fuel pier Gaeta, Italy in 1976 shortly before USS Albany CG10 relieved Little Rock as Flagship of the Sixth Fleet.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
USS Little Rock & USS Albany in Gaeta 1976
USS Little Rock moored outboard of USS Albany CG10

USS Little Rock moored outboard of USS Albany CG10 at Gaeta, Italy in September of 1976. On 06 September Albany relieved Little Rock as Flagship of the Sixth Fleet, ending Little Rock's final deployment prior to her return to CONUS for deactivation.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
Contributed by USS Little Rock shipmate
LTJG Harry Ray Jr. (Ship's Carpenter) 1960-1962
USS Little Rock departs Gaeta seen from USS Albany
USS Albany CG10 renders honors to USS Little Rock

Date: 09 September 1976. USS Albany's crew and Sixth Fleet staff render honors to USS Little Rock as she pulls away from Albany at Gaeta, Italy. Albany had relieved Little Rock as Flagship of the US Sixth Fleet and Little Rock now begins her return voyage to CONUS prior to deactivation.

COMSIXTHFLT VADM Harry D. Train II (in whites) renders his salute. To his left most likely is
USS Albany CO Captain James G. Storms III.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph
Contributed by USS Little Rock shipmate
LTJG Harry Ray Jr. (Ship's Carpenter) 1960-1962
USS Little Rock St. Lawrence Seaway
USS Little Rock on the St. Lawrence River
July 10, 1977

USS Little Rock under tow on the St. Lawrence River on July 10, 1977 bound for Buffalo, NY from Philadelphia, PA to begin a new life as a museum ship.

The original photo was taken by Rene Beauchamp and found by the webmaster on ShipSpotting.Com.  Photo is used by permission of Mr. Beauchamp.

A comment was posted on the original website by Marc Piche: "We were together for this one. Taken off Sorel (Quebec) from a boat whose owner we had asked to take us to the ship. She was being towed by 2 big Moran tugs one being SHEILA MORAN if I remember well. The destroyer THE SULLIVANS had been towed up the Seaway a week before to Buffalo as well.

USS Little Rock in tow. Destination Buffalo, NY
USS Little Rock headed for Welland Canal
July 14, 1977

This photo shows the USS Little Rock under tow, (note tow line forward and tug at the stern) as she crossed Lake Ontario and made her approach to Port Weller Harbor at the north end of the Welland Canal at St. Catharines, Ontario.

Photo obtained by the Webmaster
Little Rock in Welland Canal
USS Little Rock transits Welland Canal
July 15, 1977

On July 15, 1977 the USS Little Rock, under tow, ended her day long transit of the Welland Canal completing the last leg of her journey from Philadelphia, PA to Buffalo, NY. Her she joined the USS The Sullivans DD 537, and eventually the USS Croaker SS 246 / SSK246 as part of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.

The Welland Canal is a 26 mile-long ship canal in Canada that connects Port Weller, Ontario, on Lake Ontario, to Port Colborne, Ontario, on Lake Erie. The canal enables ships to ascend and descend the Niagara Escarpment and to bypass Niagara Falls. To read more about the Welland Canal, click HERE.

Little Rock entered the Buffalo harbor channel at 9:25 p.m. and by 11:00 p.m. was moored stern-to-stern with USS The Sullivans, which had arrived on 04 July. (Click HERE to read the story on how the USS Little Rock came to be selected for this honor, and to view more photos of the Welland Canal voyage.  
USS Little Rock at Buffalo
USS Little Rock in Buffalo, NY

USS Little Rock on display at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY. The park offers educational programs and is open to the public.

The USS Little Rock is on display in Buffalo as part of the Navys Ship Donation Program administered by the Naval Sea Systems Command. Under this program selected naval vessels are available for donation for public display as ship museums or memorials.

Photo is from US Navy NavSea website.
CLG4 Night Scene by Don DeRose
USS Little Rock as seen from the Buffalo River, Buffalo, NY

A beautiful night photo of  LITTLE ROCK
and THE SULLIVANS
tied-up pierside at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo was taken by Don DeRose, Docent, Buffalo Naval Park,
 and is used with his permission.
Little Rock & The Sullivans Nite Photo
"Naval ships USS Little Rock and USS The Sullivans
docked at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park"

An exceptional night photo of  LITTLE ROCK and THE SULLIVANS
at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo was taken and permission to use was given by Robin Cox of Buffalo, NY.
This photo appears in his blog "Worth The Wait".
USS Little Rock in Buffalo. Night photo
USS Little Rock in Buffalo, NY

  
Here's another great night photo of the USS Little Rock at the
Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY.

Photo is from Ookaboo, an online source for license-free photos.
Photo was taken by: Dave Gerland, Buffalo, NY.
Little Rock Fogged in in Buffalo
USS Little Rock "Fogged In"

A great picture of the U.S.S. Little Rock taken in 2007 at her present mooring at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, NY. (Wouldn't want to have to get underway in this 'soup'!)

Photograph taken by:
Shipmate Dennis McAllister, CS3 1962-1966


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Little Rock's Participation in Historic Events

CL-92 Crew and Ship Photos

CLG-4 / CG-4 Crew Photos


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