A Chronological History

of the U.S. Navy Cruiser USS Little Rock
CL 92 / CLG 4 / CG 4

Page last updated: 12 November, 2021


1966 - 1973
1966      1967      1968      1969      1970      1971      1972      1973
       

1966
       
01 Jan - USS LITTLE ROCK moored at pier seven, berth 72 at Norfolk Naval Base.
- Commander SECOND Fleet Vice Admiral K.S. Masterson embarked.
12 Jan - LITTLE ROCK relieved as flagship of ComSecondFleet by USS Newport News CA148.
- Departs to Yorktown Naval Weapons Station for the purpose of emptying magazines
14 Jan - Returned to Norfolk.
17 Jan - LITTLE ROCK emptied her black oil at Craney Island Fuel Depot and then entered NorfolkNaval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA for 32 wk. repair and overhaul period.
18 Jan - 27 Sep - At Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
01 Feb - Rating Exam for E4 personnel.
03 Feb - Rating Exam for E5 personnel.
08 Feb - Rating Exam for E6 personnel.
10 Feb - Rating Exam for E7 personnel.
07 (10?) Mar - Charles de Gaulle, President of France, announces plans to withdraw France from NATO, and subsequently orders all American military forces to leave France by 01 Apr 1967. President Johnson asks US Secretary of State Dean Rusk to seek further clarification from President de Gaulle by asking whether the bodies of buried American soldiers must leave France as well. Rusk recorded in his autobiography that de Gaulle did not respond when asked, "Does your order include the bodies of American soldiers in France's cemeteries?"
06 Apr - LITTLE ROCK was dislodged cold iron from Pier 5, Berth 35 by 3 tugs (and moved to the liquid sill of Dry Dock 4.
21 May - LITTLE ROCK declared ready for flooding, and slid over the sill. She remained at Pier 5 until 27 Jun.
27 Jun - Loaded out ammunition at St.Julien's CreekNaval Weapons Station.
28 Jun - Commenced sea trials at Virginia Capes Operating Area.
30 Jun - Returned to Norfolk Naval Base (NOB) to undergo second yard period.
27 Aug - Congressman Albert C. Ullman (D-Oregon) visits USS Little Rock.
19 Sep - Underway for Sea Trials in Virginia Capes Operating Area.
21 Sep - Returned to Norfolk Naval Shipyard
28 Sep - At Norfolk Naval Shipyard conducting Inclining Experiments. See NavSource Photos
30 Sep - Officially completed yard period.
03 Oct - Proclaimed fully operational, LITTLE ROCK departs shipyard. That same day ship begins Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection.
04 Oct - LITTLE ROCK completes Nuclear Weapons Acceptance Inspection.
05-07 Oct - Ship completes TALOS missile load-out at Yorktown Naval Weapons and returns to NOB Norfolk.
11-14 Oct - Conducted emergency drills and training exercises off Virginia Capes
15 Oct - Dependents' Cruise for friends and relatives.
?? Oct - At Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA to load ammo and missiles.
17 Oct - Departed Norfolk, Virginia to begin refresher training period. Operated in the Virginia Capes and Jacksonville Operations Areas.
21 Oct - Arrived Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) Florida.
23 Oct - Departed for Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range near Puerto Rico.
01 Nov - LITTLE ROCK arrives at Atlantic Fleet Missile Range for Talos missile firings. Two missiles were fired at drones, with one hit, and one missile destroyed.
02 Nov - LITTLE ROCK fires two TALOS missiles. Results were same as the previous day. One hit, one miss. Ship returns to Roosevelt Roads to refuel and replenishment, then proceeded Guantanamo Bay.
03-05 Nov - Inport at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.
06 Nov - Arrived Guantanamo, under the operational authority of Fleet Training Group Atlantic.
09 Nov - Commenced exercises in accordance with Commander Fleet Training Group, Guantanamo Bay, Schedule 46-66. (Training continue throughout November until 06 December.)
16 Nov - Commander Richard T. Bailey relieved Captain Kirk C, Miller as Executive Officer of LITTLE ROCK,
??? - St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
19-20 Nov - Visited Montego Bay, Jamaica (R&R)
03-06 Dec - Conducted Operational Inspection by Fleet Training Group. Completed with satisfactory score. Evening departed for Atlantic Fleet Weapons Range (AFWR).
??? - Roosevelt Roads, PR to refuel prior to returning to Norfolk
11 Dec - Qualified for Gun Fire Support during exercise at Culebra, Island in Caribbean Sea. Departed for Norfolk, Virginia.
14 Dec - LITTLE ROCK arrived, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, VA, and remained there through the rest of the year.

Other significant events during 1966 include:

  • Norfolk Naval shipyard re-bricked two of the four of ship's boilers, and the ship's crew did the other two.
  • Superheater re-tubing was done to all four boilers
  • Ship's props required no work except for minor grinding
  • 90% of all sea-valves were re-worked
  • A new dry-cleaning facility was placed onboard. (Cost $20,000.)
  • The Messdeck received a new 35-ton air-conditioner.
  • The SPS-7 and SPS-42 Air Search Radars were removed, and an SPS-43 Air Search Radar was installed.
  • Medical and Dental Spaces were almost completely refurbished.

Interesting facts for 1966:

  • Ship's manning level of 940 men and 43 officers, was filled throughout the year.
  • Re-enlistments: 81 ! (Quota 38.)
  • "Miss America 1966" Miss Deborah Bryant visited LITTLE ROCK


1967
       
16 Jan - USS Little Rock departs Norfolk for duty as flagship of ComSixthFleet.
19 Jan - First U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK wives arrive in Gaeta, Italy.
20 Jan - USS Springfield CLG7 ComSixthFleet flagship departs Villefranche-sur-Mer, France for Boston, MA via Portsmouth, England as the U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet's homeport changes from Villefranche-sur-Mer, France to Gaeta, Italy.
(See New York Times Article)
24 Jan - LITTLE ROCK arrives at U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain
25 Jan - In port, Rota, Spain.
- U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK relieves U.S.S. Springfield CLG 7 and assumes duty as 6th Fleet Flagship to be homeported Gaeta, Italy.
26 - 28 Jan - At U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain.
29 Jan - Underway
30 Jan - 02 Feb - Casablanca, Morocco
02 Feb - At anchor, Gaeta, Italy
16 Feb - LITTLE ROCK gets underway approx. 1030 hrs. Click to see a copy of the "Steaming Orders"
?? Mar - At anchor, Gaeta, Italy (Picture)
10 Apr - VADM Frederick L. Ashworth COMSIXTHFLT arrives on board for the turnover of his command to VADM William I. Martin.
11 Apr - Capt. John J. Mitchell relieves Capt. Oscar F. Dreyer in Gaeta
19 May - Blue Angels perform first show in Europe over U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK in Gaeta.
29 May - USS Saratoga, USS America rendezvous with USS Little Rock (VADM Martin COMSIXTH FLEET) in the Sea of Crete accompanied by the cruiser GALVESTON and 10 destroyers.
05 Jun - Arab-Israeli Six Day War begins.
08 Jun - LITTLE ROCK operating in formation with USS America CVA66, USS Sherman DD931, USS Sampson DDG10, USS Thomas DD764, USS Roan DD853, and USS Lawe DD763 as part of Task Group TG 60.1.
1403 hrs. USS Liberty AGTR5 is attacked by Israeli ships and aircraft.
1719 hrs. USS Massey DD778 and USS Davis DD937 receive orders to proceed at once to USS Liberty to provide assistance.
09 Jun 0627 USS Massey and USS Davis rendezvous with USS Liberty.
1205 LITTLE ROCK detached from TG 60.1 close with USS Liberty.
1340 LITTLE ROCK arrives at USS Liberty.
- Lowered #1 Utility boat to begin transfer of injured personnel from USS Liberty.
- LITTLE ROCK assisted in evacuating wounded from USS Liberty.
- Damage control and medical assistance provided.
1423 USS Little Rock Chaplain (LCDR Bradley?) arrives on board USS Liberty.
10 Jun - Lt. John Cockram and two Corpsmen transfer to USS Liberty to render assistance.
14 Jun - USS Liberty arrives in Valletta, Malta.
30 Jun Six Day War ends.
31 Jul - Underway from Naples, Italy. (Picture)
- American Eagle becomes official ship's seal emblem.
04 - 08 Aug - Valletta, Malta
24 - 28 Aug - LITTLE ROCK makes it's first visit to the Municipality of Monaco.
- Kirk Douglas visit LITTLE ROCK. (Picture)
29 Aug - Forster Tours offered a tour of "Nice-to-Valberg by way of Les Gorges du Cians and Daluis".
13 - 26 Nov - Naples, Italy
27 - 30 Nov - Taranto, Italy
01 - 24 Dec - ???
25 Dec - Christmas in Gaeta

1968
       
01 Jan - Gaeta, Italy - Moored to Buoy A2. SOPA is VADM Martin, COMSIXTHFLT. OOD is LTJG Klaus W. Lauer - LTJG
03 Jan 1100 Underway for training operations with Task Group TG 60.1 in Tyrrhenian Sea.
04 Jan - Steaming with USS Semmes, USS Tatnall, USS Adams DDG-2, USS Beale DDG-41, USS Stormes DD-780 and USS Putnam DD-757.
08 Jan 0740 Mustered the crew at foul weather parade. No absentees.
08 Jan 1007 Stationed the Special Sea and Anchor Detail.
08 Jan 1101 Anchored in Golfo Di Teulada, Sardinia with 110 fathoms of the starboard anchor chain to the water's edge in 37 fathoms of water.
08 Jan 1124 Dropped the port anchor underfoot with 40 fathoms of chain to the water's edge to reduce yawing. Winds are 30 - 40 KTS with gusts to 50 KTS. Commenced making 006 R.P.M. on all four main engines.
08 Jan 1132 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Set the regular underway watch.
11 - 15 Jan - Toulon, France
02 - 07 Feb - Lisbon, Portugal
07 - 12 Feb - U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain
12 -17 Feb - Tangier, Morocco
02 Mar - Steaming with USS Roosevelt CVA-42
03 Mar - Steaming in formation with Task Group 502.1 including USS Roosevelt,USS Conyngham DDG-17, USS Vogelsang DD-862, USS Beale DD-471, USS Conway DD-507, Putnam DD-757. The ship is darkened except for navigational lights.
04 Mar - USS S. B. Roberts DD-823 is screening against submarines and aircraft.
13 Mar - From the Plan of the Day for 13 Mar 1968:
  • Duty Section: Three
  • Duty Division: E
  • 0800 - Station the special sea and anchor detail
  • 0900 - Underway
  • 1000 - General Quarters for AAW gunnery practice and missile firing
  • 1030 - Commence gunnery practice
  • 1100 - Commence missile firing
  • 1300 - Flight Quarters. Prepare to launch helo
  • 1400 - Launch helo
  • 1430 - Station the replenishment detail
  • 1500 - Commence underway replenishment Movie Schedule:
  • Wardroom - "So This is Paris"
  • CPO Mess - "The Way West"
  • 1st Class Mess - "Wait Until Dark
  • Crew's Mess - "Those Fantastic Flying Fools"
14 Mar - From previous day's Plan of the Day:
  • "The ship expects to enter port tomorrow at 0900."(Thursday 14 Mar)
  • "Liberty will commence for sections Two and Three on arrival."
24 Apr - Capt. W. F. V. Bennett relieves Capt. John C. Mitchell
11 - 12 May - Athens, Greece
13 - 14 May - At sea
15 - 16 May - Naples, Italy
17 - 31 May - Gaeta, Italy
?? Jun - First USSR warship presents honors to 6th Fleet flagship in Med.
25 Jun - USS Little Rock participates in the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet's 20th Anniversary "Power for Peace"" parade of ships. Approximately 50 ships were arranged in two columns, with LITTLE ROCK steaming between them.
- Aboard LITTLE ROCK was General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, Supreme Allied Commander , Europe. 
- Other dignitaries on board included: Admiral John S. McCain and General D.A. Burchinal, USAF.
- More than half of the ships of the Sixth Fleet passed on both sides of the LITTLE ROCK with the USS Independence and the USS Shangri-La heading the formation.
01 - 23 Jul - Gaeta, Italy (See Below)
12 Jul - LITTLE ROCK renders assistance to Italian fishing vessel "Olimpia" #CT 1717.
(See "Mystery Photo #7" for details.)
17 Jul - Dependent's cruise. More than 1000 guests board LITTLE ROCK for a cruise around the islands of Ischia and Capri, near the Bay of Naples. During the eight hour trip the guests were treated to a concert by the Sixth Fleet Band and watched an air demonstration by aircraft from the carrier Shangri-La and a highline transfer of personnel at sea with the USS Tattnall DDG-19.
23 - 24 Jul - At sea
25 - 28 Jul - Valencia, Spain
29 Jul - At sea
30 Jul - 02 Aug - Palma, Majorca, Spain
03 - 04 Aug - At sea
05 - 13 Aug - Gaeta, Italy
14 Aug - At Naples, Italy for change of 6th fleet command from VADM William I. Martin to VADM David C. Richardson on board USS Independence CV62. (Click HERE for more U.S. Sixth Fleet info.)
15 - 17 Aug - Gaeta, Italy
17 - 27 Aug - At sea. 17 - 23 Aug conducting Exercise "Deep Furrow 68".
28 Aug - 02 Sep - Gaeta, Italy
03 - 04 Sep - At sea
04 - 08 Sep - Izmir, Turkey
09 Sep - At sea
10 - 13 Sep - Athens, Greece
14 - 15 Sep - At sea
16 - 19 Sep - Tunis, Tunisia
19 Sep - At sea
20 - 27 Sep - Gaeta, Italy
27 - 30 Sep - At sea
30 Sep - 02 Oct - Argostoli Bay, Greece
- Annual Sixth Fleet Commanders' conference on board USS Independence CV62.
02 - 04 Oct - At sea
04 - 13 Oct - Naples, Italy
14 - 15 Oct - Gaeta, Italy
16 - 18 Oct - At sea
19 - 23 Oct - U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain
24 - 30 Oct - At sea with TF 60.1 participating in PHIBLEX 5-69.
28 Oct - USS Little Rock sails in close proximity off the starboard beam of the Soviet cruiser "Mikhail Kutuzov" (CAPT Nikolai K. Fedorov). Click HERE to see photos.
- The Kutuzov a Sverdlov class cruiser is the last remaining ship of her class. She is now a museum ship in Novorossiysk on the Black Sea in southern Russia.
01 - 13 Nov - Gaeta, Italy
14 Nov - At sea
15 - 18 Nov - Valletta, Malta
19 Nov - At sea
20 - 22 Nov - Taranto, Italy
23 Nov - At sea
24 Nov - 04 Dec - Gaeta, Italy
28 Nov - "Wardroom Tigers" flag football team beats OI Division by a score of 38-18 to win the first "Pasta Bowl" flag football championship at Gaeta.
02 Dec 1100 Depart Gaeta for Toulon, France - ComSixthFlt is embarqued
03 Dec 0000 Steaming Ligonian Sea
0715 Stationed the Special Detail
0800 Commenced firing the 40 mm saluting battery.
0812 Secured firing the saluting battery. 36 rounds expended.
0828 Moored Toulon, France, Pier 5
04 Dec 0800 Dutile, Paul R., SM2 is reported as missing since 0200
05 Dec - At sea
- Moored Toulon, France, Pier 5
06 Dec 0623 Mustered the crew. No new absentees.
0702 Underway to clear Toulon Harbor
0806 Blakley, Dennis E., SN injured scalp with locker collision.
0934 - 1109 Commenced Engineering Casualty drills.
1120 Notified Navigator that both gyros are out.
1126 Forward gyro is back on line
1500 Secured from Engineering Casualty drills.
1700 Stationed the Refueling and Hi-Line Details. Flight Quarters. Pilot LT. Rader, Co-Pilot LT. Stevenson No passangers
1738 Recovered helo. Passenger Capt. Fitzgerald.
1744 Secured from Flight Quarters.
1748 Commenced approach to oiler.
1811 First line over
1839 Received first fuel hose
1840 Commenced receiving fuel
1847 Commenced transfer at hi-line station of acetylene bottles.
1955 Disconnected hi-line rig.
2015 Secured Hi-Line Detail
2036 Smoking Lamp is lit in all authorized spaces.
07 Dec 0000 - 0400 Steaming independently in the Western Mediterranean west of Corsica. Speed 13 knots.
0717 Take station alongside USS Recovery ARS 43 for transfer of personnel and mail. Received four passengersand six bags of mail.
0753 Exercised the crew at General Quarters
0800 Commenced 5" and 6" gun drills.
1101 Secured from General Quarters aft of Frame 45.
1123 Rogers, Marvin W. - FTMC injures elbow afterslipping on wet deck.
1123 Reep, Charles W. - YN3 injures right knee after fall during an unexpected roll.
1124 Secured from General Quarters
1200 - 1600 Continued operations with USS Recovery ARS 43as well as Gunnery exercises.
2000 - 2400 Underway as before. Secured from drills.
08 Dec 0800 Underway as before.
0832 - 0930 Helo Ops
1200 - 1800 Steaming as before.
1553 Stationed the fog lookout
1610 Stationed the Special Sea and Anchor Detail. Commenced transit of the Straits of Bonifacio
1753 Secured the anchor detail and the fog lookout.
09 Dec 0700 Mustered the crew
1539 Commenced maneuvering at various courses and speeds to moor to Buoy A-2 in Gaeta, Italy
1600 Moored to Buoy A-2 with 15 fathoms port chain at the bull-nose, in fifteen fathoms of water.
1628 Secured the Special Sea and Anchor detail. Set the regular in-port watch. OOD shifted his watch from the bridge to the quarterdeck.
2000 - 2400 Moored as before.
10 Dec 0000 Moored to Buoy A-2, Radi di Gaeta, Gaeta, Italy. SOPA is COMSIXTHFLEET, embarked this vessel.... the weather is clear and mild.
0417 - 0428 Blew tubes on #3 boiler.
0730 Mustered the crew at Quarters.
1200 - 1600 Moored as before.
1600 - 2000 Moored as before.
2000 - 2400 Moored as before.
11 Dec 0000 - 2400 Moored as before.
12 Dec 0000 - 0400 Moored to Buoy A-2, Rada di Gaeta, Gaeta, Italy in eleven (11) fathoms of water with a mud bottom, with twenty-five (25) fathoms of port anchor chain to the bullnose.
0400 Wind velocity increased and is gusting between 33 and 35 knots.
0440 Wind velocity increased and is gusting between 40 and 43 knots.
0448 Lit off Numbers One (#1) and Four (#4) Main Engines with steam to the Guarding Valve.
0515 Veered Port Chain to forty (40) fathoms to the bullnose.
0530 Placed starboard anchor underfoot with six (6) fathoms to waters edge.
0600 Officer of the Deck transferred his watch to the Open Bridge.
1509 Heaved in port chain to thirty-five (35) fathoms to the bullnose. Heaved in starboard chain until anchor cleared the bottom, walked out starboard anchor chain to fifteen (15) fathoms on deck.
1546 Sounded Flight Quarters.
1612 Secured from Flight Quarters.
13 Dec 0000 Boiler #3 is on line with steam to the guarding valve. Ship's generators Three (3) and Four (4) are on line for auxiliary purposes. Number One (1) and Number Four (4) Main Engines are lighted off. Weather is clear and cold. Winds are from the north-east at 18-25 knots.
0207 Secured the Anchor Watch. Shifted the watch from the Bridge to the Quarterdeck.
0400 Moored as before.
0600 Commenced securing #1 and #4 Main Engines.
0603 Commenced heaving in the Starboard Chain.
0634 Secured the Starboard Anchor
0637 Commenced heaving in the Port Chain
0653 Secured from heaving in the Port Chain, 20 fathoms to the Bullnose.
1110 Commenced heaving in the Port Chain, 15 fathoms to the Bullnose.
1200 - 1600 Moored as before. Clara Garalla Italian oiler stood into port.
14 Dec 0000 Moored to Buoy A-2, Rada di Gaeta, Gaeta, Italy in eleven fathoms of water, mud bottom, with 15 fathoms of port anchor chain to the bullnose. Ships present include USS Marias (AO-57).
0430 Jacked over Main Engines.
0504 Lit fires under #1 Boiler. #3 Boiler is on line.
0715 Stationed the Special Sea and Anchor Detail.
0725 Heaved in to short stay and passed the wire.
0730 Mustered the crew on station. No absentees.
0800 Captain and Navigator are on the Bridge. JOOD conning.
0803 Underway in accordance with ComSixthFleet Quarterly EMP Schedule.
0807 USS Marias underway.
0815 Secured the Special Sea Detail.
0848 LITTLE ROCK alongside port side of USS Marias. Base course 180 deg, speed 12 kts.
0915 Commenced highline transfer
1009 While disconnecting. hose after station, span wire was tripped too early. There were no casualties
1010 Fueling completed.
1051 Disconnected hi-line rig. LITTLE ROCK commenced break-away.
1055 Hauled down ROMEO (flag), LITTLE ROCK clear of MARIAS.
1102 Secured the Refueling Detail, Secured the Special Sea Detail, set Regular Underway Watch.
1136 Changed Course 001 deg. PGC.
1215 Stationed the Special Sea and Anchor Detail.
1227 Entering Gaeta Roads and approaching Buoy A-2. The Captain and Navigator are on the bridge.
1244 Moored to Buoy A-2. SOPA is COMSIXTHFLT embarked in this vessel.
1313 Secured the Special Sea Detail. Set the regular in-port watch.
1600-1800 Moored as before.
1826 Veered port anchor chain to twenty-two (22) fathoms. Set the Anchor Watch.
2000-2400 Moored as before.
15 - 31 Dec - Gaeta, Italy

1969
       
01 - 03 Jan - At Gaeta, Italy.
04 Jan - At sea
- Arrive Naples, Italy
05 Jan - Naples, Italy
06 - 10 Jan - Naples - At sea Ops. PHILBEX 8-69, Tyrrhenian Sea - Sardinia
11 - 13 Jan - Taranto, Italy
14 - 15 Jan - Taranto - At sea
16 - 18 Jan - Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
19 Jan - Villefranche-sur-Mer - At sea
20 - 26 Jan - Gaeta, Italy
27  Jan - Gaeta - At sea
28 - 29 Jan - At sea Ops. Tyrrhenian Sea - Sardinia
30 Jan - Casablanca, Morocco.
- Governor of the City of Casablanca visits USS Little Rock
31 Jan - 02 Feb - At Casablanca
03 Feb - Casablanca - At sea
04 Feb - At sea - Lisbon, Portugal
04 - 07 Feb - Lisbon, Portugal (Photo)
08 Feb - Lisbon, Portugal - At sea - Rota, Spain.
- LITTLE ROCK stops at U.S. Naval Station, Rota Spain to pick up SK3 Ken Plain and two other new shipmates, all of whom had traveled from Naples, Italy to Rota, Spain the day before. Ken recalls that the ship pulled into port, took on board the three new crew and pulled back out to sea after refueling.
09 Feb - At sea
10 - 11 Feb - At sea - Barcelona, Spain
12 - 14 Feb - Barcelona, Spain
15 Feb - Barcelona, Spain - At sea
16 Feb - At sea
17 Feb - 02 Mar - Gaeta, Italy
03 Mar - Gaeta, Italy - At sea Ops in Ionian Sea
04 - 05 Mar - At sea - Souda Bay, Crete
06 - 07 Mar - Souda Bay, Crete - At sea
08 Mar - At sea - Gaeta, Italy
09 - 12 Mar - Gaeta, Italy
13 Mar - Gaeta, Italy - At Sea Ops in Tyrrhenian Sea
14 Mar - At sea
15 Mar - At sea - Gaeta, Italy
16 - 26 Mar - Gaeta, Italy
27 - 28 Mar - Gaeta, Italy - At sea
29 - 31 Mar - La Spezia, Italy
01 Apr - La Spezia, Italy - At sea
02 Apr - At sea
03 - 14 Apr - Gaeta, Italy
09 Apr - Some of ship's company and Admiral's staff attended papal audience in Rome.
15 Apr - Gaeta, Italy - At sea
16 - 17 Apr - At sea
18 - 20 Apr - Palma, Majorca, Spain
21 Apr - Palma - At sea
22 - 30 Apr - At sea - Nato Exercise "Dawn Patrol"
24 Apr - Underway. CDO: LCDR Klish
0200 Rendezvous with TG 502.2. CHOP to NATO Control.
26 - 27 Apr - Visit by Admiral Thomas H. Moorer CNO
01 May - At sea -  Gaeta, Italy
02 - 11 May - Gaeta, Italy - Moored to Buoy A2
12 May - Depart Gaeta
- Arrive Naples, Italy
13 May - Depart Naples
14 May - At sea
15 - 21 May - Venice, Italy
- Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command visits LITTLE ROCK
22 - 26 May - At sea. Ops National Week III with Task Force 60
26 May - Underway for Gaeta, Italy
27 May - 02 Jun - Gaeta, Italy
30 May - LITTLE ROCK personnel participate in a Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the American Cemetery in Anzio, Italy. Navy Wives Club members Madge Hopple, wife of GYSGT Ronald Hopple and Betty Swing, wife of MMC K.T. Swing performed the wreath laying.
31 May - 15 Jun - 6th Fleet Band on tour to Portugal. Band concerts are scheduled to be held in Santarem, Abrantes, Leiria, Alcobaca, Caldas de Rainha, Peniche, and Tomar.
03 - 07 Jun - Gaeta, Italy - At sea - Operation Olympic Express
08 Jun - At sea - Rhodes, Greece
09 - 12 Jun - Rhodes, Greece
13 Jun - Rhodes, Greece - At sea
14 Jun - At sea - Gaeta, Italy
15 Jun - 06 Jul - Gaeta, Italy
23 Jun - Guest Cruise had 1000 guests on board for a day at sea. Activities included underway refueling from USS Elokomin AO55, an opportunity for seven different guests to be highlined to USS Sellers, as well as observing missile battery demonstration, and air-support demonstrations by aircraft from USS Shangrila.
0900 Underway on Guest Cruise with 1000 guests on board.
1000 Refueling from USS Elokomin AO-55.
1030 Stationed the Highline Detail.
1100 Highline designated personnel to USS Sellers (DDG 11)
1130 Lunch for guests and crew
1200-1330 LITTLE ROCK circles the island of Ponza, Italy
1300 Band Concert on the Fantail
Conduct Missile Battery demonstrations
1330 Aircraft from USS Shangrila perform fly-by demonstration
1330-1400 Demonstration by USS Sellers
1600 All guests topside to observe approach to Gaeta
1615 Station the Anchor Detail
1645 Parade the Honor Guard and Band
1700 Moor to Buoy A-2, Garte, Italy
1715 Liberty Call
07 July - Gaeta, Italy - At sea
08 - 10 Jul - At Sea - Malta Missile Range - Rearm / Refuel - Ionian Sea
11 Jul - At Sea - Op Area 9 to Principality of Monaco.
0909 Anchored in outer harbor in 35 fathoms of water.
2000 ANCHORED AS BEFORE.
2036 PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF MONACO ARRIVED FOR FORMAL DINNER PARTY.
- COMSIXTHFLT ARRIVED. COMMANDING OFFICER ARRIVED.
2255 PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF MONACO DEPARTED.
- COMSIXTHFLT DEPARTED. COMMANDING OFFICER DEPARTED.
12 - 14 Jul - At Monaco
15 Jul - Depart Monaco - At sea
16 - 18 Jul - At sea
19 Jul - Arrive at Gaeta, Italy
19 - 29 Jul - Gaeta, Italy - Buoy A2
20 Jul - US spacecraft Apollo 11 lands on the moon.
30 Jul - 01 Aug - At sea - Transit Straits of Gibraltar.
- USS Little Rock encounters four Soviet AGI "trawlers" (intelligence gathering ships).
- Helo is launched to obtain photographs. LITTLE ROCK approaches within 500 yards of one AGI.
01 Aug - Arrive at U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain
02 - 04 Aug - Rota, Spain
05 Aug - Depart Rota - Transit Straits of Gibraltar.
05 - 10 Aug - At sea for amphibious landing exercise PHIBLEX 2-70.
- LITTLE ROCK fires 6" guns in off-shore Naval Gunfire Support Exercise off Sardinia.
10 Aug - Replenishment at sea.
11 Aug - At sea - Arrive Gaeta, Italy
12 - 24 Aug - Gaeta, Italy
- Ship's basketball team wins Gaeta-Formia tournament
25 Aug - Depart Gaeta, Transit the Straits of Messina that evening.
26 - 28 Aug - At sea - National Week IV - Ionian Sea
29 Aug - Arrive back at Gaeta, Italy
- TWA Flight 840 (Rome-Athens-Tel Aviv) is hijacked to Damascus, Syria.
30 Aug - 03 Sep - Moored at Gaeta, Italy
30 Aug - General Recall Bill is put in effect with plans to get underway at 2000 hrs
- Plans to get underway delayed (changed to 1000 hrs, Sunday, 31 Aug).
31 Aug - Plans to get underway are canceled.
04 Sep - Underway from Gaeta
04 Sep - 12 Sep - At sea.
- Eastern Mediterranean, Special Ops with Task Group 60.1
- LITTLE ROCK maneuvers within visual range of Soviet "aviation cruiser" MOSKVA 104.
11 Sep - At sea. Refueling rendezvous
- Arrive Taranto, Italy
12 Sep - Taranto, Italy
13 Sep - At Taranto
- Underway for Gaeta, Italy
- Arrive Gaeta
14 - 22 Sep - Gaeta, Italy
23 Sep 0001 In port, Gaeta, Italy
- Embark guests for guest cruise.
0900 Underway for Ponza
- Conduct exercises with USS Elokomin A0-55 and USS Sellers DDG-11.
1700 In port Gaeta. Moored to buoy A-2
24 Sep - Depart Gaeta, Italy - At sea - Bad storm.
25 - 29 Sep - At Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia
- USS Little Rock is first US Navy ship to visit Dubrovnik since USS Springfield visited in 1966.
- Sixth Fleet 25-piece band entertains 10,000 in Dubrovnik's 14th century Luza Square.
- LITTLE ROCK basketball team wins both games of a two game tourney against a local team.
- Over 3,000 guests tour LITTLE ROCK on Saturday and Sunday (27-28 Sep)
30 Sep - Underway from Dubrovnik.
01 Oct - At sea
02 - 05 Oct - In port. Athens, Greece
- Side trips included Delfi, Corinth and Mycenae.
06 Oct - Depart Athens
07 - 08 Oct - At sea
09 - 14 Oct - Gaeta, Italy
15 Oct - Depart Gaeta.
16 - 20 Oct - At sea for NATO exercise "Deep Furrow 69" in eastern Med and off the coast of Turkey.
- Helo crew rescues one of two crew from a downed F-4 Phantom jet from USS Kennedy. Helo crew participating in search-and-rescue effort were; Pilot LT E.G. Moninger (Short Hills, NJ), co-pilot LTJG R.J. Haggerton Jr. (Kingsville, TX), and crewman AE-2 Wayne Sease (Bismark, ND).
21 - 24 Oct - At sea - Operations Aegean Sea to Saros Bay, Turkey
25 Oct - 03 Nov - Planned Tender Availability Period (TAV) port call in Naples is canceled.
04 Nov - At sea - Operations Eastern Mediterranean to NW Crete
- Arrive Athens, Greece
- USS Kennedy CVA-67 and USS Sea Wolf SSN-575 also at Athens.
05 - 07 Nov - Athens, Greece
08 Nov - Depart Athens
10 Nov - Arrive at Naples, Italy for annual Tender Availability Period (TAV).
- Destroyer-tender USS Grand Canyon AD-28 to provide TAV.
09 - 21 Nov - At Naples, Italy
15 Nov - Capt. Charles E. Little relieves Capt. Walter F.V. Bennett
22 Nov - Depart Naples - at sea - arrive Gaeta, Italy
23 Nov - 30 Nov - At Gaeta, Italy
- Missile transfer exchange with ammunition ship USS Nitro AE-23, complicated by bad weather, requires duty and stand-by sections to work through Thanksgiving.
27 Nov - Thanksgiving Day. Family and friends invited to share Thanksgiving Dinner aboard.
30 Nov - Underway from Gaeta.
01 Dec - At sea
02 Dec - Arrive at Valletta Harbor, Malta.
- Fired and received a 21 gun salute.
- LITTLE ROCK moored to buoy in line with other US Sixth Fleet ships. Clearance between ships 100'.
02 - 06 Dec - Valletta, Malta
- Tours to the catacombs of St. Pietro, the "silent city" of Medina, and the Neolithic temple Hypogeum.
07 Dec - Depart Valletta, Malta
08 Dec - At sea
09 Dec - Arrive at Toulon, France
10 Dec - Depart Toulon
11 - 13 Dec - At sea - Conducting operations with French Navy
14 Dec - Arrive at Gaeta, Italy
18 Dec 1400 Bob Hope USO Tour perform on board USS Saratoga (CVA-60) with Miss World 1969 Austria's Eva Rueber-Staier, Hollywood stars Connie Stevens, Suzanne Charny, the Golddiggers, Ellen Farley, and Les Brown and his "Band of Renown" while moored in Gaeta harbor, Formia Bay, Italy. Over 6000 Sixth Fleet sailors attended the event held in the carrier's hanger bay. (Picture)
- USS Saratoga moored to buoy Alpha 1, USS Little Rock moored to buoy Alpha 2.
- Other ships in harbor included five destroyers and one fleet oiler.
25 Dec - Christmas in Gaeta
26 - 31 Dec - At Gaeta

1970
       
01 - 06 Jan - Gaeta, Italy
07 Jan - Gaeta, Italy - At sea
08 Jan - At sea
09 Jan - Arrive Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
11 Jan - Sixth Fleet Band performs at St. Laurent-du-Var's annual Majorettes Parade.
12 Jan - Twenty-four LITTLE ROCK crew depart for U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center in Garmisch, Germany for five days of sight-seeing and skiing. They planned to meet the ship in Genoa.
13 Jan - Depart Villefranche-sur-Mer
Under-Secretary of the Navy John W. Warner aboard for transit to Genoa.
- Arrive Genoa, Italy.
15 Jan - Garmisch tour group returns to LITTLE ROCK just before midnight.
16 Jan - Depart Genoa for Gaeta, Italy.
- Replenishment at sea.
17 Jan - Arrive Gaeta, Italy
19 Jan - Ship's Bosun CWO Marvin Curry departs for Naval Station, Brooklyn, NY.
21 Jan - Depart Genoa for exercises with USS Forrestal CV-59, USS F.D. Roosevelt CV-42, and the "Tall Lady" USS Columbus CG-12 .
30 Jan - 06 Feb - At sea - Operation "National Week V" - Ionean Sea
07 - 19 Feb - Gaeta, Italy
20 - 22 Feb - At sea - Op. Area 9 to Tangier, Morocco
23 - 26 Feb - Tangier, Morocco.
- 600 Moroccans visit LITTLE ROCK.
- LITTLE ROCK crew spends two days renovating a basketball court at a Moslem high school and performing repairs at the Cheshire Foundation Homes orphanage.
27 Feb - Depart Tangier for two hour trip to Gibraltar, British Crown Colony.
- Moored at Gibraltar. Weather: Sunny.
27 Feb - 02 Mar - At Gibraltar. LITTLE ROCK hosts 1400 visitors.
28 Feb - BM3 Doug Coston sends postcard of Gibraltar to his Dad. Doug reports weather is "overcast".
03 Mar - Depart Gibraltar
- As LITTLE ROCK departs British Admiral sends message: "The Big Rock will never be the same without the LITTLE ROCK alongside."
- Arrive Lisbon, Portugal
03 - 06 Mar - Lisbon, Portugal
07 Mar - Depart Lisbon, Portugal
08 Mar - Arrive at U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain
- USS Little Rock's basketball team defeats team from submarine tender USS Holland AS-32
- LITTLE ROCK departs NavSta Rota in the afternoon, bound for Barcelona, Spain.
- Transit Straits of Gibraltar
09 Mar - At sea
10 Mar - Arrive Barcelona, Spain
11 - 13 Mar - At Barcelona, Spain.
- Ship offers a one-day tour to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat, and a three-day skiing tour to Andorra, Spain.
14 Mar - Depart Barcelona, Spain
15 - 16 Mar - At sea
17 Mar - 02 Apr - Gaeta, Italy
? Mar - ? Apr - Marseilles, France ??? (Need verification)
03 - 06 Apr - At sea - National Week VI Ops Area
07 Apr - Operating with TG 60.1
08 Apr - At sea - Valletta, Malta
09 - 10 Apr - Valletta, Malta
11 - 13 Apr - Tunis, Tunisia
14 Apr - Depart Tunis for Gaeta, Italy.
14 - 28 Apr - Gaeta, Italy
18 Apr - Bruce Bowmer OS3 (69-72) is assigned as Duty Driver by CWO4 Milam.
29 Apr - At sea.
- Arrive Rapallo, Italy
30 Apr - 04 May - Rapallo, Italy
?? May - Admiral Elmo Zumwalt visits LITTLE ROCK and dines with the crew.
05 - 07 May - At sea with TG 60.2 Exercise TRANSITEX.
08 May - At sea. Underway replenishment.
09 - 22 May - Gaeta, Italy
23 - 25 May - At sea
26 - 30 May - Palma, Majorca, Spain
30 - 31 May - Ciuadella, Minorca
??? Summer - Twelve (12) Midshipmen arrive by helo from USS Austin (LPD-4) for training cruise.
01 - 08 Jun - At sea - Exercise "Dawn Patrol '70"
09 - 11 Jun - Athens, Greece
12 Jun - At sea - Phaleron Bay to Gulf of Laconia
13 Jun - At sea - enroute to Gaeta, Italy.
- USS Little Rock CLG 4 is in a collision with the Greek destroyer Lonchi HNS D-56 (ex USS DD-583) in the Gulf of Laconia off Greece during NATO exercise "Dawn Patrol 70". (See Note 1.)
14 Jun - At sea - Athens, Greece to Gaeta, Italy
15 - 16 Jun - Gaeta, Italy
17 Jun - Local operations area with TG 60.1
- 25th Anniversary of USS LITTLE ROCK.
- Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird arrives aboard LITTLE ROCK by helo along with
ADM Waldemar F. A. Wendt - CinC U.S. Naval Forces Europe,
ADM Horacio Rivero - CinC Allied Forces Southern Europe, and
VADM David C. Richardson - Com6thFleet.
- Secretary of Defense Laird addresses LITTLE ROCK's crew and praised her appearance and performance.
- Captain Little using a silver sword carved a five-foot long cake that looked like a miniature USS Little Rock as part of the celebration.
18 Jun - Gaeta, Italy
19 Jun - At sea - Valletta, Malta
20 - 26 Jun - At Valletta, Malta for temporary repair to bow. (Photo)
26 - 27 Jun - At sea.
27 Jun - Arrive Gaeta, Italy with newly repaired bow. (See 13 Jun 70 above.)
27 Jun - 08 Jul - Gaeta, Italy
08 Jul - Weighed anchor and departed Gaeta for missile firing area west of Corsica.
09 Jul - Missile firing postponed because of bad weather and surface craft in the down-range area.
10 Jul - At sea - Arrived at Monaco Harbor. Rendered and received 21 gun salute. Anchored out.
- Fleet Landing was directly in front of Monte Carlo Casino and directly opposite from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's motor-yacht "Kalizma".
11 - 14 Jul - At Monaco. 
- Princess Grace and Prince Rainier visit LITTLE ROCK.
- Prince Rainier opened the olympic pool and exotic gardens to the crew, free of charge.
- Formal reception for 100 prominent citizens, including Jacques Cousteau on the forecastle.
14 Jul - Some of LITTLE ROCK's crew joins in Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France.
15 Jul - Depart Monaco for Gaeta, Italy.
16 Jul - At sea.
17 - 28 Jul - Gaeta, Italy
29 Jul - Depart Gaeta for Valencia, Spain.
30 - 31 Jul - At sea
31 Jul - Arrive at Valencia, Spain in time for annual "Festival of Flowers".
- Twelve (12) Midshipmen arrive by helo from USS Austin (LPD-4) for training cruise.
0l - 04 Aug - Valencia, Spain.
- Crew visits Plaza de Toros to see three of the world's greatest bullfighter perform.  Matadors were "El Viti", "El Cordobes", and Julian Garcia.
05 - 07 Aug - At sea  - underway to Porto Scudo, Sardinia and to Capo Teulado, Sardinia
08 Aug - Arrive Gaeta, Italy for last visit during this cruise.
16 Aug - Ship hosted an "Arrivederci" reception which was attend by nearly 400 guests of the officers and men of the LITTLE ROCK. Festivities included informal tours, an exchange of gifts with the Mayors of Gaeta and Formia, and a missile demonstration.
20 Aug 0800 USS Springfield CLG-7 arrives in Gaeta to relieve LITTLE ROCK as Flagship. A message was sent to Springfield saying, "It took three and one-half years to go full turn. Benvenuti a Gaeta."
0900 Tugs bring SPRINGFIELD alongside LITTLE ROCK.
22 Aug - In port Gaeta, Italy. CDO: LCDR Cohen, BM: Pasquale Guido
0201 Flag Com Guard shifted to USS Springfield CLG-7
1000 ComSixthFleet shifts his flag to USS Springfield. After 3 1/2 years LITTLE ROCK is relieved as US Navy's Sixth Fleet flagship.
- Liberty Call. Last liberty in Gaeta for this cruise.
- Plan of the Day indicates that alcoholic beverages will be accepted for transportation to CONUS between 1300 and 1400 hours by LTJG Woodard outside of compartment A-407-AE.
23 Aug - Transfer of ComSixthFleet is completed.
- A flotilla of fishing boats, pleasure craft and tugboats jammed with Gaetaians embarked from city landing in the evening and circled SPRINGFIELD and LITTLE ROCK with whistles sounding and flags and hands waving.
24 Aug 1100 LITTLE ROCK departs Gaeta with 26 wives and 10 children aboard.
- Navy Times magazine reported in a later article that some of the ladies making the trip included:
  • Mrs. R. Rogers, wife of enlisted crew member Roderick Rogers
  • Mrs. C. Wells, wife of Craig W. Wells - LTJG (70-72)
  • Mrs. G. Mertz, wife of Gerald S.Mertz - FTM3 (68-72)
- The 300' homeward bound pennant was half the size "earned" by the LITTLE ROCK crew, however, a 600' pennant would have trailed in the ship's wake.
- The Italian signal station hoisted "Good-bye". USS LITTLE ROCK replied with "Ciao".
- LITTLE ROCK signals with 10 toots of the ship's whistle when passing "Old Gaeta".
- Vice Admiral Richardson transmitted "Well Done" to LITTLE ROCK.
25 - 26 Aug - At sea
27 Aug 0700 Arrive U.S. Naval Base, Rota, Spain (Picture) for refueling.
1700 Depart for CONUS (Newport, RI)
28 Aug - 03 Sep - At sea
04 Sep 1000 Arrive Newport RI. First cruiser to be homeported in Newport.
06 Sep - 04 Oct - At Newport, RI (Pre-overhaul tender availability period.)
14 - 18 Sep - Insurv Inspection
21 - 22 Sep - Supply Dept. and Medical Dept. Inspections
04 (06?) Oct - Depart Newport, RI for US Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA to off load ammo.
07 - 09 Oct - Yorktown Naval Weapons Station
10 Oct - Norfolk, Virginia
11 Oct - At sea underway for Boston, MA for 6 month overhaul.
12 Oct 0830 USS Little Rock arrives in Boston, MA (Charlestown Navy Yard) (See Note 2.)
Oct - Nov - LITTLE ROCK in drydock at Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, MA)
?? Dec - 31 Dec - LITTLE ROCK undergoing overhaul at South Boston Naval Annex (Boston, MA)


1970 Notes:
  1. There are some "reports" of a collision between LITTLE ROCK and a 'Turkish' destroyer about the same time. These appear to be erroneous reports of the same incident. The name of the Greek destroyer is Lonchi not Lonzhi or Longhi as sometimes reported.

  2. The Boston Navy Yard is on the Mystic River in Charlestown, MA. Charlestown is just slightly northeast of downtown Boston. The shipyard was originally called Charlestown Navy Yard, later renamed Boston Navy Yard, and finally Boston Naval Shipyard in 1945. Established in 1801, the shipyard was officially closed as an active naval installation on 01 Jul 1974, and the 30-acre property was transferred to the National Park Service.

1971
       
01 Jan - At South Boston Naval Annex (Boston, MA) undergoing overhaul.
28 Mar - Undergoing inclining experiments. (Picture)
19 Apr - Overhaul completed at Boston NSY. Returned to Fleet Readiness.
20 Apr - At sea - Arrive Newport, RI
21-27 Apr - Newport, RI
23 Apr - CDR Joseph L. Dick reports aboard as Executive Officer
28 Apr - Newport, RI to Provincetown, MA
29 Apr - Provincetown, MA to Newport, RI
30 Apr - 04 May - Newport, RI
05 May - At sea - RFS / ISE Op Area
06 - 07 May - Newport, RI
08 May - At sea - Underway for US NWS, Yorktown, VA.
09 - 12 May - NWS Yorktown, VA
13 - 16 May - Norfolk, VA
17 May - At sea
18 - 26 May - At sea - Virginia Capes Op Area
27 May - 12 Jun - Newport, RI
11 Jun - Capt. Gordon R. Nagler relieves Capt. Charles E. Little
12 Jun - Depart Newport, RI for 10 week REFTRA and shakedown in Caribbean.
13 - 16 Jun - Underway for Caribbean.
17 - 30 Jun - Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico to Puerto Rico Op Area 7.
18 Jun - Talos missile firing goes awry with missile making a "u-turn" seconds after launch. Missile crashes into sea astern of LITTLE ROCK.
01 - 02 Jul - At sea operating in Southern Puerto Rico Op Area
02 Jul - Arrive at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
03 - 06 Jul - At St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
07 - 09 Jul - Puerto Rico Op Area
10 - 12 Jul - San Juan, PR.
- Ship open for visitors. Some 2000 people visit LITTLE ROCK.
13 - 16 Jul - At sea - Op Area W369D to Puerto Rico Op Areas 7 & 8
17 - 20 Jul Roosevelt Roads, PR
21 Jul At sea - Op Area W329
22 Jul At sea - Virgin Passage to Southern Area
23 Jul N. Puerto Rico Op Area
24 Jul Underway from Roosevelt Roads, PR to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
25 Jul Arrive Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
27 Jul - 13 Aug Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for Refresher Training.
Note: Training at Gitmo was typically conducted from 0500 to 1700 each day.
LITTLE ROCK received a passing score on Battle Problem.
03 Aug 0630 E-4 Examinations
1100 Underway
1850 Anchor - Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
04 Aug 0930 Underway
- Hi-Line and Gunfire Support Exercises
1730 Return to port
05 Aug - E-5 Exams
1210 Underway
- Refueling exercise with USS Furer DEG 6
1830 Return to port
06 Aug 0630 Underway
1030 Conduct  DC and Engineering Drills, followed by AA Acquisition and Tracking Drills
1800 Return to port. Moor portside to Pier V or B
12 Aug - QMSN Roy C. Weaver is is appointed "Qualified Steersman".
14 - 15 Aug - At sea Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Roosevelt Roads, PR
16 Aug - At Culebra Island, PR for shore bombardment training in company with USS Robert Wilson DD-847.
- Conducted 12 exercises with the following scores: four 100's, seven high 90's, one 88.
Overall scores: 6" turret: 96.7, 5" mount 95.7.
- ComAtlFltWeaps sends: "An outstanding performance. Seldom equaled on the Culebra Range."
COMCRUDESLANT RADM Weschler said "The impressive firing record by both the 5" and the 6" batteries denotes a craftsmanship of the highest order. Well done LITTLE ROCK."
- Depart Culebra Island
17 - 19 Aug At sea - Underway for Newport, RI
20 Aug 0900 Arrive Newport, RI, berth at Pier 1, starboard side to for Habitability Renovation Program.
21 Aug - 21 Sep - Undergoing Habitability Renovations. "Hab Team" consisted of DCCS Claude Vincent,
SF2 Gary Sell, DC3 Bruce Pedrich, RM3 Adams, SN Michael Donoghue and SN Dave Mitchell, plus other volunteers.
- Under the leadership of DCCS Claude Vincent, the "Hab Team" undertook a ten-phase renovation project which included:
  1. Construct a walk-in Ship's Store.
  2. Revamp the Soda Fountain.
  3. Renovate the Barber Shop.
  4. Convert the old Ship's Store into a Smoke Shop.
  5. Replace the old canvas bunks and space consuming lockers with 300 modular bunks.
  6. Remodel the small Mess Decks.
  7. Remodel the worn Mess Decks.
  8. Construct a Tailor Shop.
  9. Install a ship-wide Closed Circuit TV System.
  10. Remodel the Crew's Lounge.
- LITTLE ROCK Wives Club becomes "official". Officers are:
  • President Jo Ann Robbins
  • Vice-President Dawnne Benoit
  • Secretary Carol Kathrein
  • Treasurer Pat Jones
15 Sep - Wives Club holds its first bake sale. Profits go towards Chapel refurbishment.
22 Sep - Depart Newport, RI for US Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, VA to load ammunition.
23 Sep - At US NWS Yorktown, VA to load ammunition.
24 Sep - Move ship from NWS Yorktown to Norfolk, VA.
25 Sep - Depart Norfolk for Caribbean and Roosevelt Roads, PR.
26 Sep - 01 Oct - Underway for Caribbean for 4 week CNO Project C/S-68. 
- LITTLE ROCK maneuvers to remain 250 miles from Hurricane Ginger (100 mph winds).
- LITTLE ROCK gets 14-16' seas in spite of traveling to avoid hurricane.
- Ginger makes landfall at Morehead City, NC on 30 Sep.
02 - 07 Oct - Underway Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Op Areas 7, 8, 9, 10 AFWR
08 - 11 Oct - At Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
13 - 21 Oct - At sea. Underway for NWS Yorktown, VA to load ammunition.
22 Oct - At NWS Yorktown, VA.
23 Oct - Underway NWS Yorktown, VA to Newport, RI.
24 Oct - Arrive Newport, RI
25 Oct - 30 Nov - At Newport, RI
- On 15 Nov USS Little Rock Wives Club held an on-board Bake Sale. Profits go towards refurbishing the ship's Chapel. (See Feb 72 below.)
- LITTLE ROCK's CCTV system WCLG 4 goes on line.
01 Dec - Depart Newport RI for 5 month Med cruise in company with USS Harry E. Yarnell DLG-17.
02 Dec - Joined at sea by USS John F. Kennedy CVA-67, and COMDESRON TWO consisting of: USS Barney DD-711, USS Owens DD-827, and USS Leary DD-879.
09 Dec - Arrive at U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain for overnight layover.
10 Dec - INCHOP to Mediterranean.
10 - 16 Dec - At sea. Conducted operations with USS Springfield Flagship 6th Fleet (VADM Gerald E. Miller).
14 Dec - Note:The crew of the USS Puget Sound AD-38 (at Newport, RI) gave a Christmas party for the children of LITTLE ROCK dependents. The event was video-taped and sent to the LITTLE ROCK.
17 Dec - Arrive at Naples, Italy
18 - 25 Dec - At Naples for Christmas.
- Some of the crew visits Rome to hear Pope Paul VI say Mass.
- Ship rigs "Med Lights". Click HERE to see a picture of the LITTLE ROCK so rigged in Gaeta.)
26 - 28 Dec - At sea
29 - 30 Dec - Malaga, Spain
31 Dec - At sea. New Year's Eve underway!

1972
       
01 Jan - At sea - Russian helo hovers near LITTLE ROCK. Photo Ops!
05 Jan - Underway in Mediterranean Sea. (Picture)
12 - 17 Jan - Livorno, Italy
18 - 26 Jan - At sea. Operating with Task Group.
24 Jan - At sea. Talos missile shoot. Two missiles - two hits!
25 - 26 Jan - At sea. Operating with Task Group.
27 Jan - 04 Feb - Athens, Greece
?? Feb - FTG2 Dean Zaharis chosen as USS Little Rock "Sailorof the Month" for his work on the ship's radio station WCLG 4.
?? Feb - At anchor, Augusta Bay.
?? Feb - LITTLE ROCK sponsors Motor Whale Boat Race. Each boat skippered by Supply Officer, and crewed by Supply Department personnel. LITTLE ROCK places third out of nine boats.
05 - 11 Feb - At Sea
12 - 16 Feb - Trieste, Italy
17 Feb - Three helicopters on the deck at the same time set LITTLE ROCK record.
18 - 23 Feb - At Sea
24 Feb - 08 Mar - Athens. LITTLE ROCK wives use two DC-9's to fly 500 dependents from NAS Oceana to Athens.
- Athen's seven member "Orchestra Club" entertains crew and guests on fantail.
- EW1 Robbins is transferred. In addition to losing a good shipmate, his wife Jo Ann Robbins will have to relinquish her position as President of the Wives Club.
09 - 13 Mar - At Sea
14 - 17 Mar - At Thessaloniki (also called "Thessalonica", or "Salonica"), Greece.
18 - 29 Mar - At Sea
30 Mar - 04 Apr - Athens, Greece.
- EM1 Terrance Scribner departs for shore duty at Roosevelt Roads, PR. EM1 Scribner is the sailor with the longest time on the LITTLE ROCK (from Apr 66 to 01 Apr 72).
05 - 14 Apr - At Sea
10 Apr - Received recall notice to return to CONUS to assume duties as flagship ComSecondFleet. Recall necessitates cancelling planned visits to: Gaeta, Genoa, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Barcelona.
15 Apr - U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain.
16 - 22 Apr - At sea. Underway for Norfolk, VA.
- Heavy weather experienced at sea. (No hurricanes or tropical storms are recorded for Apr 72.)
22 Apr - Arrive Norfolk, VA.
22 - 23 Apr - At Norfolk, VA to relieve USS Newport News CA-148 as Flagship of COMSECONDFLEET (Vice Admiral Vincent P. de Poix). USS Newport News to deploy to Vietnam for gunline duty.
24 Apr - Depart for Newport, RI.
25 Apr - 02 May - Newport, RI.
03 - 15 May - Norfolk, VA
16 - 25 May - At Sea
26 May - 21 Jun - Newport, RI.
15 Jun - Enlisted Wives Club, under the direction of Mrs. Mary Higgins hold a Bake Sale.
22 Jun - Underway for New York City, NY
22 - 26 Jun - Port call New York City. Tied up on Manhattan West Side.
- Future USS Little Rock sailor Bob Mengelli GM3 (1976) visits as a Sea Scout.
- The Prudential Insurance Co. presents USS Little Rock with a "Now you 'Own a Piece of the Rock'" pennant.
27 Jun - 21 Jul - Norfolk, VA
22 Jul - 10 Aug - Newport, RI.
27 Jul - Capt. Robert E. Morris relieves Capt. Gordon P. Nagler at Norfolk, VA.
- Ship's Company is inspected by RADM Thomas R. Weschler ComCruDesForce Atlantc Fleet.
11 - 24 Aug - Norfolk, VA
24 Aug - Depart Norfolk, VA for North Atlantic as Flagship for ComSecFlt (VADM Douglas C. Plate).
30 Aug - US Sixth Fleet Singers depart Naples for Munich, Germany to perform at Munich Olympics.
01 - 03 Sep - Liverpool, England
01 Sep - Roy C. Weaver, QM3 qualifies as a "steersman" and is appointed "Master Helmsman".
04 Sep - At sea
05 - 07 Sep - Cherbourg, France
05 Sep - Israeli olympians are taken hostage at Munich Olympics. Eleven olympians die in the ensuing battle.
08 Sep - LITTLE ROCK at sea
09 - 11 Sep - Rotterdam (Amsterdam), Netherlands
- Dutch newspapers ran the following regarding the LITTLE ROCK's arrival....
Fleet Visit

From Saturday to Tuesday, 9 September to 12 Seprember, the U.S. light-guided missile
cruiser USS Little Rock will visit the port of Rotterdam.

The ship will dock at the Lekhaven and Sunday will be open to the public up to five hours.
Monday the ship's chapel (choir?) will give a lunchtime concert at the Town Hall.
12 - 13 Sep - Participating in NATO exercise "Strong Express" (Norwegian Sea north of Norway and above the Arctic Circle), the largest NATO exercise ever held.
- Other ships include USS John F. Kennedy, USS Intrepid and HMS Ark Royal.
14 Sep - Crossed Arctic Circle at 7 deg. 49 min. East Longitude.  All CLG 4 crew members on board at this date qualify for Blue Nose Certificate. (Above info furnished by IC2 Bob P. Jones 1971-72)
15 - 30 Sep - Participating in NATO exercise "Strong Express".
01 - 04 Oct - Rosyth (Edinburgh), Scotland
05 Oct - At sea
06 - 08 Oct - Bergen, Norway
09 Oct - Underway
10 - 12 Oct - Hamburg, Germany via Rhine River
- LITTLE ROCK hit a sandbar with damage to sonar dome (later removed).
- Greeted by loud anti-American protesters.  (As soon as the TV cameras left it was quiet.)
13 - 15 Oct - At Sea.
16 - 19 Oct - Lisbon, Portugal
20 - 25 Oct - At sea. Underway for Norfolk, VA.
26 - 31 Oct - Norfolk, VA
01 Nov - 07 Dec - Newport, RI
07 - 31 Dec - USS Little Rock at Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, MA)
11 Dec - At Boston Naval Shipyard undergoing inclining experiments. (Picture)
31 Dec - New Year's in Boston!

1973
       
01 Jan - 14 May - USS Little Rock at Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, MA) undergoing conversion from heavy fuel oil to light fuel oil, referred to as Diesel Fuel Marine or DFM.
- The July 1973 issue of "All Hands" reported that in late January the new"Sea Breeze Club" opened in Gaeta, Italy.
- The same issue of "All Hands" reported that in mid-February a Navy Exchange was opened in Gaeta.
?? Jan - LITTLE ROCK sailor PO1 Guadalupe Gaitan is selcted Newport Saior of the Year.
20 Feb - "All Hands" meeting for crew and wives at Personnel Development Center, Bldg. 80, Newport Naval Base to discuss upcoming deployment to Gaeta, Italy (new Home Port).
?? Mar - Cdr. Roger O. Simon reports onboard as new XO. (See RADM R.O. Simon's "Oral History")
15 May - Underway from Boston to Newport, RI.
15 May - 11 Aug - At Newport, RI. for work on fuel tanks.
11 Jun (Ref) In the Med, on board USS Kennedy CVA 67, ADM Daniel J. Murphy relieves ADM Gerald E. Miller as Commander SIXTH Fleet. (Note: ADM Miller was COMSIXTHFLT since Oct 1971.)
?? Jul - MUC Robert Sisson conducts auditions for singers.... (1) soprano, (5) altos, (3) tenors and (5) basses are needed.
24 Jul - Capt. Peter K. Cullins relieves Capt. Robert E. Morris at Newport, RI
11 Aug - Underway for NWS Yorktown, VA.
12 Aug - At NWS Yorktown, VA for ammo load-out.
13 Aug - Depart NWS Yorktown for Norfolk, VA.
14 Aug - At Norfolk VA to embark FltTraGrp training team from Gitmo. (Note: LITTLE ROCK did not go to Gitmo, but was headed directly to the Med.)
15 Aug - LITTLE ROCK departs Norfolk, VA for 3-year Mediterranean deployment with a crew of about 800, short of normal personnel allowance of 915.
- LITTLE ROCK embarks 30 +/- pet dogs and cats heading for their new home in Gaeta in addition to the ship's crew.
17 Aug - Chaplain Donald C. LeMaster along with LITTLE ROCK crew and LITTLE ROCK Marines perform a burial at sea, with full military honors for 20 year Navy veteran Petty Officer First Class (Retired) Paul Howard HOLLENBECK. (Ed Sapp, BMSN 73-75 recalls "...I stood watch over the coffin by the missile launcher.")
26 Aug - At U.S. Naval Station, Rota, Spain for refueling and to disembark FltTraGrp.
27 Aug (?) - LITTLE ROCK passed into the Straits of Gibraltar and receives the usual "What Ship"" visual signal from the British. Capt. Cullins sends "What Rock?"" in reply.
29 Aug - LITTLE ROCK arrives in Gaeta, Italy and berths at NATO fuel pier (Photos) outboard of USS SPRINGFIELD CLG-7 in preparation to assume her role as U.S. Sixth Fleet Flagship.
- LITTLE ROCK receives about 150 personel from SPRINGFIELD and transfers about 75 personnel to SPRINGFIELD.
01 Sep - LITTLE ROCK relieves SPRINGFIELD as Flagship of U.S. Sixth Fleet and subsequently moves to an anchorage in Gaeta Harbor.
11 Sep - Underway from Gaeta, Italy to Athens, Greece.
12-13 Sep - At Sea
14 Sep - Arrive Athens, Greece.
- Captain's gig runs aground on uncharted concrete block in the harbor.
15 - 17 Sep - Athens, Greece
18 Sep - Underway Athens to Antalya, Turkey.
18 - ?? Sep - Antalya, Turkey
20 -30 Sep - Participating in NATO exercise "Deep Furrow 73".
01 - 05 Oct - Istanbul, Turkey
05 Oct - Depart Istanbul
06 Oct - 1973 Arab-Israeli (Yom Kippur) War begins. Egypt and Syria attack Israel. (See Note 3.)
- Balance of forces in the Mediterranean at that time: 48 American warships vs. 57 Soviet vessels.
- USS Little Rock receives message for emergency sortie and to take station south of Crete and stand by for evacuation of British nationals.
- LITTLE ROCK gets underway to join TF 60 and USS Independence in the Eastern Mediterranean.
14 Oct - 05 Nov - Underway
26 Oct - Arab-Israeli War ends.
27 Oct - At sea. Duty Section IV.
- First Aid Training for: 2nd, L, Boats, SF2, and S1 Divisions.
06 - 07 Nov - Gaeta, Italy for 2 days.
08 - 16 Nov - At Sea.
- USS Little Rock and other Sixth Fleet ships are harassed by Soviet naval vessels maneuvering close by. (Picture)
08 Nov - Racial tensions aboard USS LITTLE ROCK resulted in fighting among the crew.
- Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News Feb 13, 1974 reported that racial tension broke out on board LITTLE ROCK on November 8 (1973) and that blacks involved in the incident said a fair trial was impossible to get. The Navy declined comment. (See Notes 5 and 6 below.)
09 Nov 1500 Three personnel considered to be the principal focal points of tension on board LITTLE ROCK, were transferred by helo to NSA Naples.
10 Nov - Six (seven?) more suspects transferred by helo to NSA Naples.
18 Nov - LITTLE ROCK returns to Gaeta, Italy.
18 Nov - 05 Dec - In port Gaeta, Italy
23 Nov Italian government announces strict energy conservation measures, including a ban on driving on Sundays and Italian holidays. Gasoline rationing is reduced by 50%. US Navy cooperates with thiseffort completely.
05 Dec - Arrive at Tunis, Tunisia.  LITTLE ROCK is first American ship to visit an Arab port since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War.
05 - 09 Dec - Moored at Tunis, Tunisia.
10 Dec - Depart Tunis for Gaeta, Italy.
Date uncertain - First U.S. military fiber optic telephone link is installed on the LITTLE ROCK.
(See Note 4.)
11 - 31 Dec - LITTLE ROCK at Gaeta, Italy
20 Dec - SIXTH FLEET Singers perform Christmas Show at Gaeta Community Center. Fifty performers under the direction of MUCS Robert Sisson participated.
21 Dec - Christmas parties were held at Joshua Barney School and Boy Scouts' meeting place.
22 & 23 Dec - SIXTH FLEET Singers perform at the Community Center in the Gaeta Piazza.
24 Dec - Christmas Eve Candelight Service held at Gaeta Community Center/
31 Dec - New Year's in Gaeta!


Notes:
  1. Date shown for ports generally indicate arrival date.
  2. Port stays are typically 3-5 days.
  3. The Yom Kippur War, Ramadan War or October War, also known as the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and the Fourth Arab-Israeli War, was fought from October 6 to October 26, 1973, between Israel and a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria. The war began with a surprise joint attack by Egypt and Syria on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Egypt and Syria crossed the cease-fire lines in the Sinai and Golan Heights, respectively, which had been captured by Israel in 1967 during the Six-Day War.

    The Egyptians and Syrians advanced during the first 24-48 hours, after which momentum began to swing in Israel's favor. By the second week of the war, the Syrians had been pushed entirely out of the Golan Heights. In the Sinai to the south, the Israelis struck at the "seam" between two invading Egyptian armies, crossed the Suez Canal (where the old ceasefire line had been), and cut off the Egyptian Third Army just as a United Nations cease-fire came into effect. (Extracted from Wikipedia).

    RADM Simon relates: "They called it the Arab-Israeli conflict of October of 1973. That spawned, and I'm quoting now from the military magazine Sea Power that said, "This conflict spawned the most severe naval crisis of the Cold War." The Soviet leader, Brezhnev, threatened to enforce a ceasefire with unilateral intentions.

    The Kremlin sent word to the White House that said, "Interfering with the Fifth Escadra would be met with full force". Soviet anti-carrier groups had been targeting the FDR, the Independence, and the LITTLE ROCK, and our amphibious task group was also under targeting. Our DOD ordered a DEFCON Three. On October 26 the Soviets launched an intensive anti-carrier exercise using each American task group as a virtual missile target."

    RADM Simon continues...."By 3 November the Soviet force consisted of ninety-five ships capable of launching eighty-eight cruise missiles in a first salvo, approximately thirteen at each of the task groups. We now had sixty ships, including the carrier Kennedy that had just checked in. Admiral Murphy stated: "The two fleets are sitting on a pond in close proximity and the stage was now set for a war at sea." On February 19 a Soviet official briefing on anti-carrier operations stated that the battle would be encapsulated as a 'battle of the first salvo', meaning all Soviet ships would fire all their weapons on the order to shoot.

    On 30 October, Washington authorized our carrier groups to finally leave the area and head west. Our battle groups had been very vulnerable this entire period within range of missile attacks because they had been denied freedom of maneuver by Washington. The Soviets prepared to land troops on the eastern bank of the Suez Canal. By now, 3 November, they had ninety-five ships and we had sixty."

  4. Various sources refer to the installation of a small fiber optic link telephone system aboard the LITTLE ROCK. It would seem from the data we've accumulated that the system (a) may have been installed as early as 1973, (b) that it may have been limited to 6 stations (phones), (c) that it was installed to verify the limited susceptibility to electro-magnetic interference from other equipment, or (d) it provided "secure" communications between the stations. There are also references to a Mr. Don Williams of the Naval Electronics Laboratory Center (NELC) in San Diego as the person heading up this project.
  5. On Aug 10, 1974 the Washington Post reported in part "....The civilian court overseeing the military justice system blocked the courts-martial yesterday of 10 black sailors charged with rioting Nov. 8, 1973, aboard the USS LITTLE ROCK, flagship of the Mediterranean 6th Fleet."
  6. For a more detailed description of the racial incidents on board LITTLE ROCK, refer to Captain Cullins' Oral History.



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