|07 Jun 1961
of U.S.S. Little Rock
|27 Oct 1961
Visit to U.S.S. Little Rock
|06 Jul 1975
Little Rock's Anniversary
Holloway III (CNO)
|11 Jun 1975
of the Suez Canal
Rock Visit to Egypt
"Thank You" letter from Senator J.W. Fulbright
"Thank You" letter from SecNav John McNamara
U.S.S. Little Rock's 30th Anniversary
PITUZY11W RUENAAA5784 1571631-UUUU-RUFRMAA.:
P R 061534Z JUN 75
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
TO RUFRMAA/USS LITTLE ROCK
INFO RUCBSAA/COMVANSURFLANT NORFOLK VA
1. IT IS A PLEASURE TO EXTEND BEST WISHES TO CAPTAIN MARTIN AND TO ALL WHO WILL JOIN IN OBSERVING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LITTLE ROCK. THIS MEMORABLE OCCASION IS A TRIBUTE TO THE DEDICATION AND SKILL OF THE OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN LITTLE ROCK OVER THE YEARS. COMMISSIONED IN 1945, LITTLE ROCK WAS CONVERTED TO A GUIDED MISSILE CRUISER IN 1960. LITTLE ROCK HAS OPERATED OFF THE COASTS OF NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA AND NORTHERN EUROPE AND IN THE CARIBBEAN AND THE MEDITERRANEAN. SHE HAS SERVED AS FLAGSHIP FOR BOTH THE SIXTH AND SECOND FLEET. IN 1961, LITTLE ROCK OPERATED OFF THE COAST OF HISPANIOLA DURING THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CRISIS. TODAY, SHE SERVES AS A MAINSTAY OF THE UNITED STATES PRESENCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. BEST WISHES FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS. J.L. HOLLOWAY
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III, ADMIRAL U.S. NAVY.
U.S.S. Little Rock's Participation in Opening of Suez Canal
RQTUZYUW RUEAMAF0153 1621621-UUUU—RUFRMAA.
DE RUEHEG #5776 1621621
R 111353Z JUN 75
FM AMEMBASSY CAIRO
TO RUHGSGG / USS LITTLE ROCK (CLG-4)
INFO RUFRMAA / COMSIXTHFLT
RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4488
UNCLAS CAIRO 5776
1.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: MILI FG
SUBJECT: USS LITTLE ROCK VISIT TO EGYPT
1. ALL THOSE WHO OBSERVED LITTLE ROCK’S PERFORMANCE IN THE CEREMONIAL CONVOY WHICH MARKED THE REOPENING OF THE SUEZ CANAL, AND WHO HAD CONTACT WITH YOU DURING YOUR VISIT TO ALEXANDRIA, HAVE COMMENTED MOST FAVORABLY UPON THE SHIP’S EXCELLENT APPEARANCE, THE IMPECCABLE CONDUCT OF THE CREW, AND THE SMARTNESS AND SPIRIT WITH WHICH ALL FUNCTIONS WERE EXECUTED. VISITS SUCH AS THIS CONTRIBUTE IMMEASURABLY TO THE CEMENTING OF RELATIONS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES. YOU HAVE ONCE AGAIN MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TOWARD ONE OF OUR PRIME NATIONAL OBJECTIVES – THE ATTAINMENT OF PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MY THANKS TO ALL HANDS FOR A JOB WELL DONE.
HERMAN FREDERICK EILTS, AMERICAN AMBASSADOR. EILTS
|What do all those
numbers and letters mean?
John Meyers asked on the Association
"Maybe someone from the RM group can add a line
of explanation and add to the story telling....
To which Tony La Tourette answered:
1. All naval communications is (sent) in "Zulu" which is Greenwich Mean Time ("GMT", or basically the time in London). It gives a common point of reference.
2. The jumble at the beginning of the message is its routing information. It is formatted for the autodin system which the navy used at the time. It basically tells where the message is going and the classification of the message.
3. Missing numbers refers to numbers missing on the fleet broadcast. All ships at sea copy the fleet broadcast and if you miss numbers due to any sort of reason, you do not have a complete broadcast, and thus you may have missed a message to your ship.
4. Mostly it was not the fault of an ET if a number was missed, but it was a good place to place blame. While the KWR-37 could be a temperamental machine the main cause of missed numbers was bad frequencies.
5. You need to have good frequencies to copy the fleet broad cast. The frequencies change with the time of the day. A good radioman would always be looking for a good frequency to change to when the frequency he was on started to go to hell. There are many ways to tell if the frequency is good. A good radioman could look at the URA-17 or URA-8 and tell if the freq was good. Also you had to keep your receiver at 0db. Another way was to have the frequency patched through a distortion analyzer.
6. This one I have no idea, but I figure it was better than finding a cigarette in a burn bag. Maybe if all contents were to be shredded, gum could be a problem.
7. A KWR-37 could be knocked out of sync for many reasons. the longer it was out of sync the more messages you would miss (see missing numbers) A common way to retrieve messages was to look at the broadcast recap that was sent every hour. The other way was to draft a service message which had to be released by the comm officer and by doing this you alerted him to about how long you were out of sync and he would start to ask all sorts of questions.
On another note, a good aggressive operator would not miss too many numbers by utilizing several forms of diversity. Frequency diversity, space diversity, running two tty's on the broadcast, and always having a backup freq ready to go
Hope that helped
Yes I am a retired radioman, but never served on the Little Rock
1. A big "Thanks" to John Meyers for posing a question most of us would be afraid to ask!
2. And "Thanks" also to Tony La Tourette for a clear answer.