USS Little Rock CLG 4 / CG 4
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US Navy and other "Official" Photographs


Page last updated: 14 February, 2021


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.

CLG 4 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.
CLG 4 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 CLG 4. 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.
CLG 4 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.
CLG 4 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.

CLG 4 Underway 1961
USS Little Rock at Sea - Possibly off the VA Capes

Photo probably taken ca. 1960-1961.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.
CLG 4 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 CLG 4
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 / USS Johnston DD821 at Genoa, Italy

July 1961

“USS Little Rock July, 1961, moored alongside USS Johnston DD 821 at Genoa, Italy.”

Little Rock at Livorn, Italy 29 Jul 1961
USS Little Rock transfers fuel to USS William R. Rush DDR-714

May 1961
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.

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